Living next to Manchester Airport you’d think getting a taxi for the airport would be simplicity in itself – but you would of course be wrong. Whether you want a taxi to Manchester Airport, or from the airport following arriving off a flight, getting a taxi is extremely difficult.
Last year I tried to book with a taxi firm based in Manchester, only to be told that despite them offering a taxi service to Manchester Airport (a few miles from my house) they wouldn’t do a pick up from where I live. Perhaps my area is too rough for them, perhaps it’s too close to warrant picking someone up and doesn’t represent enough profit – either way I was appalled at their lack of service.
I then tried a local company, Wythenshawe Cars, and they said they’d pick me up for the flight the following morning at around 5:30am… however, they didn’t actually show at 5:30am. I called their dispatch again and was told they were short on cars and someone would be there in a matter of minutes.
Some more time later and no taxi. I called again, once again being told that the car was minutes away. I waited… and then I saw a car drive towards my house from out of the window. Despite now being 45 minutes late (which is important when catching a plane) the car stopped opposite and the driver got out. He walked into the park opposite and proceeded to relieve himself. I then watched the driver get back in his car and pull up outside my house, our chariot had arrived.
Coming home from that flight was a similar story. While yes there is a taxi rank outside the airport, when you give them the address (less than 3 miles away) they plead ignorance to its whereabouts, insisting that they’ve never heard of it and how I should get another cab. No, it’s not because they don’t know where it is, it’s because they can’t be bothered with such a short journey and possible low fair.
When we went away recently, to save the ignominy of watching a taxi driver relieve himself before arriving late, or having to explain to a taxi driver at the airport where Wythenshawe actually is (he’s already in it!) we decided to book our Manchester airport taxis to and from the airport. It made things a lot easier and meant we weren’t late arriving at the airport, a whole 3 miles away.