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Uber to resume Adelaide service next week

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August 11, 2017

Taxi drivers have called off a protest over the use of Uber services at Adelaide airport.

Ride sharing group Uber will resume pick-ups from Adelaide Airport next week after an angry protest by taxi drivers over the company's access to the precinct.

UberX drivers have been allowed to pick up passengers from the terminal in a designated zone since Thursday, angering taxi operators.

Cab drivers stopped collecting passengers from Thursday night and continued their action on Friday, blockading the ride-sharing pick-up zone.

In response, Uber suspended its own services to ensure the "safety of riders and drivers".

The protest was called off early Friday afternoon, but Uber said it would not resume its own operations until next week after consulting with airport security officials.

"We'll continue working with the airport and trust they'll be able to provide a safe and secure pick-up experience for riders and drivers when we resume," an Uber spokesperson said.

At the height of the taxi protest, airport authorities threatened to call on the Federal Police to end the blockade.

"This is a really bad look for Adelaide," airport spokesman Brenton Cox said.

"If the travelling public are materially impeded and continue to be then that's definitely something we will be looking into with the authorities."

One Uber driver said the clash between Uber and taxi drivers at the airport was "unbelievable".

""They didn't damage my car in any way, but it was just mayhem. There were airport security officers everywhere," he said.

The Taxi Council of South Australia said the move to allow Uber to operate at the airport was disappointing and it was concerned about the accreditation of UberX drivers.

"It's our understanding that only a handful have sought and secured their accreditation to operate in the ride sourcing market," council president Jim Triantafyllou said.

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