TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The manager of Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Islands, prohibits online taxis from picking up passengers at the airport terminal before having an official permit from the local government.

Acting General Manager of Depati Amir’s PT Angkasa Pura II Airport, Muhammad Adi Wiyatno, said that online taxis are not public transportation because they do not have official permits from the government.

“At present the government has not set online transportation as public transportation. So we do not dare to cooperate and provide operating licenses to take passengers at the airport. It is also for the convenience of passengers,” Adi said, Friday, May 18, 2018.

Adi said that online taxi drivers can only pick up passengers from outside and deliver to the airport, but may not pick up passengers at the airport.

“If you take passengers to the airport from outside, it is permissible, but if you take it at the airport, that is something you cannot and that you don’t allow,” he said.

If you find an online taxi picking up passengers at the airport, it will give a warning to the taxi driver not to take the passenger.

“We cannot enforce the law such as fines and so on. We are only limited to reprimand, unless they have cooperated with us, then we can only give sanctions in the form of fines until the contract is terminated,” said Adi.

Until now, only three official taxi companies have collaborated with him, namely Blue Bird, Bintang Kejora, and Ganesha. The three taxis have operating licenses at Depati Amir Airport, Pangkalpinang.