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Capital in dispute with Budapest Airport over taxi stands

The capital has cancelled a contract with Ferenc Liszt Airport operator Budapest Airport on the operation of taxi stands after failing to reach an agreement on their upkeep, the Budapest Transportation Centre (BKK) told MTI on Friday.

The five-year contract, signed in 2006, would have been extended automatically had it not been cancelled by March 25, BKK said. BKK and the company that operates the tax stands negotiated with Budapest Airport on several occassions but did not reach an agreement before the deadline, it added.

If a new contract is not signed by the end of May, the taxi stands, which ensure a single taxi company an exclusive concession at the airport, may not remain, BKK said. Talks on the taxi stands will continue with the management of Budapest airport until the end of May, it added.

Főtaxi became Budapest Airport's exclusive tax service provider last December, after winning a tender. Főtaxi's predecessor Zóna Taxi, lost its contract when it was unilaterally cancelled by Budapest Airport in October.