The airport taxis line up in Beirut, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Travelers trickled in and the flow of taxis moved through slowly but steadily. They are members of an exclusive club – airport taxi licenses are mostly inherited. Airport taxis have different prices during the day and night, Sabeh explained.Decision 576/1, decreed in mid-June 2016, organized a framework for airport taxi operations. In effect, it forbade unlicensed taxis from entering the airport's arrival level to pick up clients. Marwan Fayad, head of the Union of Public Taxis, calls the airport taxis a mafia. A trip that would cost $35 with the airport taxi costs LL25,000 with public taxis".A taxi driver parked under a towing sign just outside the airport confirmed that he would charge LL25,000 for a trip from the airport to Hamra. A private taxi driver who goes by Abou Georges drove in circles in the airport's parking lot as he waited for a client to arrive.
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