Danish Taxi Drivers Boycott Copenhagen Airport to Protest Planned Restrictions

Finding a taxi was no easy task for air travelers arriving in the Danish capital Wednesday, as cab drivers stepped up a boycott of Copenhagen's international airport.

About 50 cabs blocked the access to the taxi lanes of the international and domestic terminals so that drivers who did not take part in the protest had to wait for passengers at a roundabout some 300 meters (yards) from the airport.

The cabbies are protesting a plan that would only allow them to pick up passengers at the airport every other day. The plan was designed to reduce congestion on roads surrounding the airport, which is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of the capital.

The boycott was stepped up Wednesday because airport management refuses to meet with the protesting drivers, said Stig Ruggaard, spokesman for a group claiming to represent 700 cabbies.

Susanne Frank, an airport spokeswoman, told Denmark's public radio that the new rules have been decided in cooperation with all taxi companies and said the new system should be tested for a few months until a permanent decision is made.

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