Legislator Asks the Increasing Airport Tax to be Reviewed

DENPASAR ~

Vice Chairman of Commission I Bali Provincial Parliament, Gusti Putu Widjera, asked PT Angkasa Pura I Ngurah Rai International Airport reviewing the imposition of a tariff increase for aircraft passenger service (PJP2U) or airport tax.

“PT Angkasa Pura (PAP) I Ngurah Rai International Airport before imposing a rate increase on airport tax first should do a study and there is involvement from academicians and YLKI (Indonesian Consumers Foundation) as well as local government,” he said in Denpasar, on Monday.

According to him, the increase is indeed the authority of PT Angkasa Pura, but on one hand have to think about it and engage local government and YLKI to determine the extent of the response from the public.

“It’s okay to raise the tariff of airport tax at Ngurah Rai Airport, but it should involve local government and related agencies. So when there are public complaints can be given solution,” he said.

The same thing is also said by an infrastructure expert and observer of public transport from Bali, Anak Agung Putu Ngurah Wirawan, who reminded PT Angkasa Pura I Ngurah Rai Airport not to randomly raise PJP2U rates.

He questioned the policy of airport tax rate rising for the international flights from Rp150,000, adjusted to Rp200,000, while domestic flights is set at Rp75.000 from the previous Rp40,000.

“Increasing rate is possible unless there are some improvements in passenger services at the airport, such as extensive terminal, clean washroom (toilet), spacious lounge area, a good speaker, clean waiting room carpet, and so on. But now in fact there is dirty carpet in the waiting room, the air conditioner is not cool, and other unsatisfactory passenger service,” he said.

Ngurah Wirawan said that parameters of airport tax rate increase at Ngurah Rai Airport cannot be done unilaterally by Angkasa Pura. There must be involvement from all related stakeholders in Bali.

“There should be discussion, so this could be accounted for, balance service is provided. If this cannot be explained and has not done socialization, all parties will be surprised, there will be a reaction,” he said.

Ngurah Wirawan said that the increase of airport tax performed without clear parameters and burdensome to the community is one of the local government loss because they have no stake in the airport. Consequently Badung regency and Bali Provincial Government do not have any control at the airport, whether related to parking, the presence of small traders in the airport and so on.

“Bali Provincial government had no representative in the management of the airport. Sarbagita bus belonging to Bali Government just to get in to the airport must go through a tough debate. Though the airport is located in Bali. This should not happen again if the new airport is going to be built in Buleleng,” he said.

Previously, PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) has set a tariff adjustment on PJP2U or Passenger Service Charge (PSC) for domestic and international flights at five airports under its management.

Adjustment of PJP2U for domestic and international flights will be enforced at Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, Juanda International Airport Surabaya, Sepinggan International Airport Balikpapan, Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport Makassar and International Airport in Lombok.

For Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali, the PJP2U rate for international flight which was originally Rp150,000, adjusted to Rp200,000 and come into effect from April 1st,2014. While PJP2U rate for domestic flights is set at Rp75.000 from previously at Rp 40,000.

Meanwhile, the Co General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita said that the tariff adjustments in line with the increase in services and facilities at Ngurah Rai Airport, such as the construction of a new international terminal with an area of 120,000 square meters and has operated since September 2013 as well as the renovation of the old international terminal into a domestic terminal with 65,800 square meters width.

According to Ardita, the tariff adjustment has been coordinated in advance and communicated with the various stakeholders. “Previously we have delivered this PJP2U tariff adjustment plan to the Ministry of Transport in October 2013. In addition to applying proposal to the ministry, we also undertook coordination and dissemination to stakeholders, such as airlines, immigration, quarantine, customs, INACA and business partners, as well as to the users of airport services, which in this case represented by the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI),” he said.

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