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Taxi strike: Expect delays on airport routes

Taxi strike: Expect delays on airport routes

The management team at the OR Tambo International Airport said passengers needed to err on the side of caution, ahead of the taxi protest, set to take place in Gauteng on Thursday.

Spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said routes to the OR Tambo Airport could be affected by the mass action, even though it had not been a target of the Mass Taxi Industry Protest Action. A call has been made for passengers to give themselves longer travelling time to the airport, as delays are expected.

"The airport is not one of the six entities that the Mass Taxi Industry Protest Action Committee (MTIPAC) plans to target with its protest activities, but management of O. R. Tambo International Airport understands that certain highways and routes could also be subject to blockades or congestion," said Gunkel-Keuler.

"We are staying in close contact with the metro authorities and the South African Police Service in order to keep the routes into and out of the airport open," added Gunkel-Keuler.

"However, protest action of this nature is not entirely predictable and passengers scheduled to depart from the airport on Thursday should make every effort to give themselves more time to get to the airport."

"Airport management also advises passengers travelling on Thursday to follow news updates on the protest action to ensure that they are aware of potential delays. Where possible, passengers heading for the airport should use public transport such as buses and the Gautrain."

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