Taxi drivers from the Telde and Ingenio taxi collectives do well out of Gran Canaria airport as they are the only ones allowed to queue up to collect passengers and take them to the resorts. All other taxi drivers on the island can drop people off, but can only pick people up if they apply for permission in advance.
Given how lucrative the resort taxi runs are, lots of the island's taxi drivers are good at bending the rules. Ingenio's taxi drivers also face stiff competition from private airport transfer services.
Airport taxi prices
Given that Gran Canaria's taxis are amongst the cheapest in Europe, a cab ride from the airport to Gran Canaria's resorts is pretty good value. Prices do go up late at night, over Christmas, and on Sundays and fiesta days.
Here's a selection of prices to the most popular areas.
Airport to Maspalomas: €41 (€48 late / holiday rate)
Airport to Arguineguin: €50 (€57 late / holiday rate)
Airport to Las Palmas beach area: €35 (€40 late / holiday rate)
Airport to Puerto Rico: €60 (€67 late / holiday rate)
Airport to Puerto de Mogán: €65 (€75 late / holiday rate)
Here's a full list of 2016 example fares lots of places in Gran Canaria.
When you get a taxi at the airport, the driver will add a €1.70 supplement to the price (applied to all airport pickups and dropoffs). Over the Christmas period, an extra €3 supplement is added.
Getting a taxi at the airport
It's easy to get a taxi from Gran Canaria airport; The rank is right outside the doors of the arrivals lounge and there are usually enough taxis to cater to everyone. If you arrive during a busy period, however, you may have to wait in the queue for a while.