Today I googled 'short airport taxi fare xxxx', where xxxx stands for various cities around the world and it seems to be a world wide problem. Taxi drivers do like like short fares from airports. Most airports seem to have a priority system for drivers who take short fares and return to the airport. Is that reasonable?
Surely odds come into play here. Every driver will cop a short fare at times. Sometimes they might get two in a row and feel very cheated, but it is totally random. They may then go for months and not have an airport short fare. I don't see any reason for any priority if they have taken a small fare trip.
Melbourne Airport had a priority system, but some taxi drivers were abusing the system. It seems that this can be easily sorted out when a number plate recognition system begins later this year.
This is behind the scenes stuff though and should not be a matter that the general public taxi user should have to worry about. You get in the cab and it takes you to where you want to go, via the shortest route with the meter on.
But Melbourne Airport seems to care little about taxis blockading the taxi holding area. They don't care about the taxi drivers. They have only just allowed a public transport bus to have a stop near the airport terminals after stonewalling for years. They gouge the general public for short term parking. They overlook touts operating in the airport. Only now are they addressing extreme traffic congestion in the last kilometre to the airport. They sucessfully lobbied Vic Roads to prevent people from parking on the verge of the road to airport, while waiting for a call from an arriving passenger to be picked up, thereby forcing them into the expensive short term car park. Melbourne Airport is certainly no friend to the general public.