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Airport Chiefs Could Be Hit With Legal Action After Ending Taxi Contract

The owners of Glasgow Airport could be taken to court by irate taxi bosses after a major contract was torn up. Glasgow Airport Taxi Ltd. have been the provider of cabs for the airport since 2008 and enjoyed excellent business as they brought holidaymakers home from the airport. The airport operators BAA have had enough however and are now using an in-house service. The result is that the 180 cab drivers hired by the firm are left without fares and worried for their future as they have not been told if they can transfer cab licenses to the new project.

The managing director of the cab firm, Henry Glasgow, said that he was devastated to learn that the company’s bid to continue providing the service to the airport had been rejected, especially since the company has provided a first class service for the last four years. Glasgow also said that he was shocked to hear that BAA were taking their service in-house because his company was never told that this was an option. He believes that this is an unjustified decision and is currently speaking with the firm’s legal advisors. Glasgow concluded by saying that he demanded an investigation.

Yet a Glasgow Airport spokesman quickly responded to defend the move. He confirmed that taxi operations were being conducted in-house and said that the decision was made after a lengthy review. This latest drama follows what was a controversial bidding process which involved a businessman from Paisley called Steve Malcolm who is alleged to have dealings with underworld figures. Malcolm owns a host of taxi firms and was in talks with two companies close to landing the deal.

Malcolm is the director of Paisley Cab Company while his ex-wife Julia was the boss of Compass Cabs. Both firms were in the running for the airport contract which was worth millions but Malcolm was out of luck as BAA decided to do it themselves. Malcolm is one of Scotland’s best known entrepreneurs and was an known associate of Tam McGraw, one of the nation’s most feared crime lords who died 5 years ago. Malcolm has also built up an impressive array of properties in Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Glasgow and he also owns the most expensive home in Scotland, a mansion at Gleneagles that cost him a reported £9 million.

Compass Cabs was under the spotlight in 2010 when hearings took place after new legislation was created in order to find criminals in the taxi trade. The company had shareholder links to McGraw but successfully proved that no one with criminal associations was in any way linked to the company.

Source: paisleydailyexpress.co.uk