TRIBUNJATENG.COM, SEMARANG – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi tried an airport taxi when he landed at the terminal of General Ahmad Yani airport, Semarang on Friday (7/12).

The Minister of Transportation used an airport taxi to attend the Closing of Community Empowerment Training (DPM) activities at the Shipping Science Polytechnic (PIP).

During the trip the Minister of Transportation looked for what the airport taxi driver had experienced. He said that the taxi drivers felt they enjoyed his profession.

“The driver has driven it for five years (airport taxi) with relatively enough income from Rp. 30 thousand to Rp. 50 thousand per day,” he explained after attending the Closing of Community Empowerment Training (DPM) at the Shipping Science Polytechnic (PIP) on Friday.

The Minister of Transportation said that the taxi driver he was hiring happened to have double income (two income), because his wife worked.

Regarding the Semarang Airport taxi monopoly case, General Achmad Yani, which had arisen, Budi confirmed that actually all taxis may enter the airport.

Budi hopes that currently airport taxis and online taxis can simultaneously serve passengers at the airport, so there is no impression of monopoly.

“That there are now many online taxis, now they have mutual understanding. That in my opinion is the best, “said Budi.

But on the other hand, Budi also highlighted the excessive number of taxis at the airport which could cause problems. “So there shouldn’t be too many places in one place. If too much income is less and they will be in trouble, “he explained.

According to Budi, to erase the practice of airport taxi monopoly, other taxi operators that will operate at the airport can join existing operators. But for the amount there must be restrictions. So there is no obligation to have a taxi brand that can only operate at the airport.

Budi Karya said that taxis operating at the airport need to be improvised and open in order to provide opportunities for many parties.

But in giving an opportunity there must be a selection to avoid exclusivity. Budi also reiterated the regional government to curb the taxi problem at Semarang Airport. “I appeal to the regional government to take action again,” he said.

As has been reported some time ago, the problem of taxi monopoly by one manager at Semarang airport was viral on social media, when a female passenger felt forced to take an airport taxi.

The incident made the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi furious and threatened to take over management of Semarang’s General Achmad Yani Airport if the airport manager did not immediately take action.

At that time, Budi emphasized that the airport should not only be monopolized by a taxi, but even online taxis according to him could enter, after an agreement with the airport.