Ticket sales at Indonesian airports to be banned, eventually.
Angkasa Pura 2 has announced plans to stop airlines selling tickets at several airports.
To some, this might seem absurd, but there is a reason. CEO of Angkasa Pura 2, Budi Karya Sumadi (right), says the purpose is:
so that the atmosphere at the airport more organized, comfortable, safe, and gives satisfaction to the consumer. It also eliminates unauthorized parties at airports and eliminates the practice of ticket touting.
This is similar to a policy introduced last year at train stations, where tickets can only be sold for trains departing that day. Again, the reason given was to stop ticket scalpers (known locally as calo).
These policies are fine for local residents, but not so good for foreign visitors. Indonesian domestic airline websites often only accept credit cards issued by Indonesian banks. Some enterprising locals might set up makeshift travel agencies near the airport and include free “airport transfers”.
However, like with e.g. airport tax being included in ticket prices, these things in Indonesia are often postponed or quietly shelved.
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