Las Americas International Airport taxi drivers picketed the airline terminal from 10am to noon on 6 July 2016, to protest Uber application drivers. The protest did not affect airport operations.
Juan De Jesus, secretary of the airport taxi union, said that Uber transporting of passengers to the airport is illegal. He said that Uber is a company without a legal framework and that its vehicles are not authorized to commercially cover routes to Las Americas or other airports. De Jesus said the Uber drivers are invading a service that for the past 50 years has been exclusively given to the airport taxi union.
He also made it clear that if the authorities do not grant them a monopoly on taxi services at the airports, they will take “more energetic methods” to express their discontent. He said the taxi union has a contract with Aerodom concession operators and the authorities.