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'No' to Request for Higher Passenger Service Charges

Transportation Minister and Legislators Tell Angkasa Pura to Improve Standards at Indonesia's Airports Before Seeking to Increase Charges.

(2/1/2008) The Government has apparently given the "thumbs down" to a proposal from PT Angkasa Pura I and II (AP) to increase by 50% the passenger service charge paid by domestic and international passengers at most Indonesian airports. As reported on Balidiscovery.com [See: Jakarta Airport Service Charge to Increase?], AP is claiming the large increase in departure fees is needed to upgrade service and security at the Nation's airports.

Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, Jusman Syafei Djamal, labeled the fee increase as "non-viable" at the current time due to the poor service being provided by AP at most Indonesian airports. To underline his point, Minister Jusman pointed to the lack of toilet facilities at most airports.

Urging AP to "take heart" with the refusal to increase airport service charges, Minister Jusman urged AP to raise their game and improve standards before seeking the next increase in the tax charged to departing passengers.

The transportation Minister has given AP three months to create improvements in standards at the airport facilities under their management.

Prior to the rejection pf a rate increase from the Transportation Minister, Commission V of the House of Representatives rejected AP's request for higher passenger service charges, bemoaning the low standards of safety, service and comfort at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Indonesia's Capital of Jakarta.