And the battle goes on.
Now that's smart...stop the airline pilots from getting back to the airport...and then people ask the question...WHY ARE THERE NO FLIGHTS TO MAZATLAN?? duh....
Same thing happened to us one year in Pt.Vallarta. Our Transfer bus was held hostage by Taxi drivers at a resort driveway for Hours.. Window was smashed, it was scary.. Police finally arrested our driver,for trying to push through and taxi drivers for breaking the bus window.
They got a new driver for our Bus and we Just Made our flight....
Not good of tourisium.
As JoLee astutely points out, the taxi union scraps (which have been a thing for years) gone on in various Mexico tourist destinations, not just Mazatlan. Do pilots have a say in the airline's business decisions where to fly? Too bad they apparently don't, because we have met quite a few real nice pilots and flight crews here, enjoying Mazatlan, who would fly HERE and overnight way more often! I doubt the change of ride to the airport would faze the pilots...It's the tourists that get quite upset. It's not okay what they are doing, but there are rules in place, which are being interpreted by the various unions when they pull this stuff.Edited: 4:27 pm, October 02, 2012
C-bob.... is this dispute escalating to include the hotel-run shuttles?.. Like Pueblo Bonito
My understanding is the dispute involves people looking for a ride to the airport without pre-arrangements.
If you have a pre-arranged van, bus or whatever you are OK. If you have pre-arranged a package such as air, hotel, and transportation you are not going to be bothered.
We have never had a problem with a package from Minnesota.
Again, that is my understanding.
This particular dust-up involves ATAMSA, the airport taxi union (Yellow airplane logo) which has always been authorized to take passengers FROM the airport, but not TO the airport. The Red and Green unions take passengers TO the airport, but not FROM the airport. It seems Atamsa did prearrange these pick-ups, but the other taxis were right there to cry foul. Kind of a new and unfair wrinkle to iron out.Edited: 2:37 am, October 03, 2012
Flying to Mazatlan at the end of this month. Was planning to NOT buy the Pueblo Bonito round-trip transfer (airport-hotel) but use taxis back & forth because they are cheaper. Should I go back to the pre-paid shuttle?
The taxi operators really need the tourist's support, so please don't rule them out. It is not the regular taxis to and from the airport that are being blockaded. It's when one of the van operators is pulling something sketchy (in their eyes) and taking passengers (and much needed income) from the usual taxi drivers.Edited: 2:01 pm, October 03, 2012
You'll never have a problem with airport taxis in Mazatlán IF you always use the yellow ATAMSA taxis for going FROM the airport to your destination and always use either a red or green ECOTAXI from your hotel TO the airport. That simple rule will protect you from any possible problem.
Mazzi, just wanted to spell the RULE out for folks coming to visit our beautiful, wonderful Mazatlán.Edited: 7:09 pm, October 03, 2012
NOTE: The round trip packages are great (and sometimes a bit less expensive than the taxis, BUT you are at the mercy of the driver. If he is greedy and picks up one-way passengers TO the airport, you're almost guaranteed to run into a problem. This is not a problem caused by greedy operators of the pre-arranged, prepaid round trip services, but that of their employees, the drivers. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it isn't pretty.