How to get to and from London Airport without a taxi driver

A London taxi driver who has been hailed to the airport from his home for a flight has taken to social media to defend himself.

The pilot of the taxi has told the BBC he is “very proud of the service” he was able to provide. 

“I think it’s an excellent service, I’ve never had a problem with a cab driver,” the taxi driver, who requested anonymity, told the broadcaster.

“They get there very quickly and they get you out and I’m very proud of that.” 

Mr Javid is expected to make a formal announcement at 11am today on whether he will proceed with the taxi drivers’ strike.

The government has warned drivers that they will be subject to up to two years in prison and fined up to £2,500 if they fail to pay by 3pm tomorrow. 

The BBC has contacted Mr Javid for comment.

The London Taxi Drivers’ Association has welcomed the news.

“I think this is good news,” said the group’s national officer, Michael Fagan.

“It means that drivers are able to pick up passengers and deliver them from the airport, and then it means that passengers will be able to get home safely.” 

What are the taxi strike drivers saying?

The drivers’ union is also urging Mr Javedh to do more to ease congestion at London airports, saying the Government is failing to address a number of key issues.

“I do believe that this is the right time for the Government to do something about congestion at the airport,” said a spokesman for the Association, who did not want to be named.

“We would hope that the Government would have the courage to put more resources into congestion reduction and to address the drivers’ grievances.”