Go Figure! Airline Ticket Offices Outlawed In Indonesian Airports?


I was down at Lebak Bulus recently. It’s a big bus station in South Jakarta. Buses run from there to many places in Jakarta and to out-of-town destinations, mostly in West Java.

 Lebak Bulus Bus Terminal

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As you’d expect, you can buy bus tickets there. Some little offices sell tickets to customers, the Halte Busway sells tickets to those wishing to use their vehicles, and for other services you pay on board.

Nothing remarkable about any of that.

But how about Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta Airport?

Most people buy their tickets before their departure date, but it’s always been possible to walk into Lion Air, Mandala, Air Asia offices there and get a ticket on the day of travel.

Not any more! The Government has outlawed these little outlets! They say it’s to stop ‘scalpers’ – huh?

“As we close the ticket counters, we will also start operating customer service counters at the airports, which will provide many services including selling tickets,” Budi said.

Budi is spokesman for state-owned airports.

He did not say how these new ticket counters would be any less prone to the scalping racket than those run by the individual airlines. http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/soetta-ticket-counters-gone-march-1-airport-operator-says/