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Pelni to cut off ‘non-seat’ ticket sales, focus on standard capacity

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  04:19 pm
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Have a pleasant trip: Passengers get ready to board state ship operator Pelni's KM Nggapulu passenger vessel at Ambon Port, Maluku, on June 11. (Antara/Izaac Mulyawan)

In an effort to improve safety and service, state-owned ferry boat operator PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) is cutting off its non-seat ticket sales and instead is to stick to the standard capacity. Pelni boats provided seats in the form of mattresses because of the long traveling periods. However, the ticketing was extended to further accommodate a mass surge of passengers during the last holiday exodus season. "Non-seat" is the term they used for extra seats without following the regular numbering system, unlike the regular "one-man one-seat" policy. Pelni spokesman Sujadi explained that after the non-seat policy is removed, the boat would strictly observe the standard capacity. “The extra tickets have been an inconvenience,” he said, saying that if a boat has a capacity of 1,000 passengers, up to 500 more could be added. “As a ...

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