State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) will begin merging the passenger service charge (PSC), or airport tax, into the cost of airlines tickets at all airports in Indonesia, starting on Oct. 1, an executive says.
However, currently, only domestic passengers of flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia enjoy the new integrated system.
“Other airlines and international flights will soon follow suit. Yet, it also depends on the preparedness of the airlines to implement the new system,” said AP II president director Tri Sunoko in a press release received by The Jakarta Post Digital on Saturday.
Garuda implemented the system at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, just west of Jakarta, starting on Sept. 21.
The new system, according to Tri, is expected to shorten lines in airports.
The merging of the airport tax in the price of the ticket was also endorsed by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan.
He said the move would help reduce queues at airports by 50 percent.
He had earlier criticized paying the airport tax at a separate booth as a “primitive method”, and one that did not suit a country like Indonesia. (riz/iwa)