Anger over Airport Taxi Monopoly, Leaflet Distribution

DENPASAR (BT) ~ The Bali Consumer Protection Board (LPK) complained this week that the distribution of leaflets and the monopoly of taxi services at Ngurah Rai International Airport were annoying tourists.

Head of the board Putu Armaya asked the authorities to help stop the distribution of leaflets and the monopoly of taxi services, saying they were destroying the image of Bali.

“It’s the responsibly of the airport management to solve the problems, whether or not they are caused by airport officials,” said Armaya.

Armaya said many tourists had protested about cheaper prices of services offered in leaflets, when they had already booked others that were more expensive.

“This must be stopped immediately as it’s very embarrassing,” he said.

Armaya said the only taxi company allowed to operate at the airport had set its fares higher than normal.

“The customers cannot refuse because they don’t have any other option,” he said.

The general manager of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, Nyoman Suweca Putra, said the leaflet distribution was a matter of business competition.

But he said that distributing leaflets within the airport premises was improper.

“We will see to it,” he said. (AS)

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