As New York City airports braced for more traffic during the Holiday Season, travelers were warned taxi stand wait times could be longer than expected. A driver shortage has been blamed but it’s not quite that simple, according to industry experts. The taxi shortage is also affected by the fact that cabbies can make more money picking up street hails in Manhattan and other parts of the city, explained Michael Woloz, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade.

“It’s just not as financially lucrative right now to do the airports,” said Woloz. “It’s essentially a financial calculation. If you make the equation more favorable at the airport, it’s not rocket science – you’re going to incentivize and attract more drivers.”

Woloz added that surge pricing by app-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft is driving more passengers back to hailing cabs. He recommended boosting the $52 flat fare between Manhattan and JFK and implementing one at LaGuardia to help make airport trips more viable for drivers.

Source: The City