Somebody has had a word.
The rip-off taxi drivers are back at Bucharest’s Otopeni Henri Coanda Airport.
We were at the airport yesterday and noticed that the so called Fast or Rapid taxis – charging way over the odds – are now allowed to wait directly outside the arrivals terminal. Until now they had been forced to wait downstairs, where it was clear that nobody could see them and that nobody was getting into them. Ergo somebody had a word with somebody else.
Don’t panic, however: you can still use the automated machines and order an honest taxi exactly as before. If you know that they are there, of course. First time visitors may not be aware of the existence of the machines, and the frequent announcements made over the public address system are hardly helpful.
The announcement (in English) does state that there are two ways of getting a taxi – one using the machines and one using the fast taxis – but places much more emphasis on the latter.
We can’t remember the exact words but the announcement says something along the lines of: ‘use the fast taxis which wait outside and which are ready to leave right now, meaning you do not have to wait.’
What is not mentioned is that you never have to wait more than a few minutes for honest taxis anyway, nor that a ride into Bucharest with a so-called ‘fast’ taxi may well cost you more than your flight.
It’s a totally shit state of affairs and Otopeni should be ashamed of giving in to whichever fat-necked gangster runs the fast taxis.