- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Beginning Oct. 1, taxi and other ground-transportation companies that serve the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will have to meet several minimum standards.

Executive Director Clay Williams told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1wi7v47 ) the airport’s board set the standards after reviewing customer complaints about current service.

Under the rules, ground transportation companies must adhere to standardized rates, take debit or credit cards, and have clearance to drop off members of the military inside the Air Force and Seabee bases.

“We wanted consistency,” Williams said. “This provides consistency and it also helps the passenger. It’s a standard they are accustomed to in other markets.”

He said the airport authority discussed new standards for quite some time before adopting them in June.

Williams said the new standards should help with first impressions as airline passengers arrive on the Mississippi Coast.

Cab companies disliked a guideline that would have set the oldest model year for vehicles, so that proposal was dropped. The board also decided against soliciting proposals that would allow only one company to provide ground transportation.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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