A group of four friends from Manchester flew into Palma yesterday at the start of their summer holiday and were forced to wait four hours before they could get a taxi to their destination in Cala Major. Another British tourist Jennifer Davenport from Cheshire, who arrived with her husband and two children had absolutely no idea about the taxi strike. “We're heading to Port of Pollensa and knew nothing of the dispute. We've been coming here for years, but this is the first time this has ever happened to us,” she said. Other tourists from Germany and Britain took one look at the mad rush for the packed buses and opted for the long wait for a taxi. Thousands of tourists were forced to endure a second four-hour stoppage later yesterday afternoon as angry Palma taxi drivers stopped work across the city. According to the police and the airport authority, there were no incidents yesterday. Earlier in the week non-Palma cab drivers, who are the target of the dispute which has blown up over a change in Spanish law which has brought an end to Palma taxi drivers' exclusive right to picking up passengers at ports of entry, said unless their safety could be guaranteed, they would stay away - and they did. Only a few nonPalma registered taxi drivers on pre-booked contracts braved the pickets yesterday.

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