AIRLINE TICKET SALES AT AIRPORTS BANNED


Indonesia’s very proactive Transportation Minister has outlawed the sales of airline tickets at airports across the country.

Quoted by Tempo.co on Monday, February 2, 2015, Yudis Tiawan from the State-owned Angkasa Pura that managed the nation’s main airports said, “There will be no more ticket counters at [Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's] terminal 1, 2 and 3 [from Feb. 15].”

The move by the Government was to curb the widespread presence of “calo” or ticket scalpers operating at airports. Without ticket offices and scalpers in operation the public will now need to purchase their tickets before departing for the airport.

The rule ordering the close of all ticket sales office was issued by the Transportation Ministry on December 31, 2015 and ordered to take effect from February 1, 2015.

In an effort to reduce the chaos at the Nation’s airport, the Ministry has also banned unlicensed taxis from operating at airports and tightened anti-smoking rules in the airport.

Since assuming office as Indonesia’s new Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan, has also enforced rules on the use of illegal flight slots, established minimum fare levels for low cost airlines, is requiring medical checks on pilots prior to each flight, stipulated that airport service charges must be included in ticket prices and outlawed gypsy taxis from operating at Indonesia’s airports.

It is not clear if Bali, where unlicensed taxi operations are rife, is taking heed of the Ministry’s new rules.

Source: © Bali Discovery Tours

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