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Saskatoon airport implements flat taxi rates based on zones

A new zone-based fare program applies to taxis taking travellers to and from the Skyxe Saskatoon Airport. skyxe.ca / Screenshot

Skyxe Saskatoon Airport has introduced flat taxi fares for people arriving and leaving the city.

It said its zone-based rates are designed to provide airport travellers with “guaranteed and reliable” fares, and eliminate any perception cab drivers will take a less efficient route.

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While traffic patterns impact meter pricing, zone fares take into account the average trip time and distance for each zone.

Skyxe said zone-based fares are the most preferred model by all Canadian Airport Ground Transportation Association (CAGTA) members based on transparency of pricing.

Only Skyxe-licensed taxi operators will offer zone fares from the airport. Unlicensed providers will follow a meter rate as per municipal bylaw.

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Skyxe said it shared its zone-based fare program with City of Saskatoon for review prior to launching it on Jan. 17.

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The zone fares include an airport taxi trip fee. This $2 charge on each commercial airport trip is used to reinvest into airport road and curb infrastructure.

Skyxe said these fees are also the industry standard.

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