Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Grab, the largest ride hailing application in Southeast Asia, is preparing to expand its wings into transportation at Kualanamu airport, North Sumatra.
PT Angkasa Pura II’s Executive General Manager Kualanamu Airport Bayuh Iswantoro said that currently his party with Grab Indonesia is in the process of discussing the agreement. He targets that this March Grab will be able to operate in Kualanamu.
“We are discussing the suitability of their commitments. In principle, all have been agreed upon, only operational problems,” Bayuh said when contacted on Tuesday (3/5).
At present, he said, what still needs to be regulated is operational, such as the existence of a counter. AP II will also regulate the harmony between conventional taxis and Grab that will operate, so that no collisions occur.
Bayuh acknowledged that cooperation with Grab as an application-based transportation service provider could not be avoided, because the community is now increasingly digital. Consumers are increasingly promoting efficiency and effectiveness in all aspects, including transportation.
“The use of online-based is already so large, the massive push for online use is increasingly felt. The use of technology-based transportation is extensive,” he said.
For this reason, Kualanamu Airport cooperates with Grab and carries out a cooperation agreement. Bayuh said, later this agreement complements all aspects, including operations and how to co-exist with conventional taxis. Some other airports also slowly collaborate with Grab to accommodate changes from offline to online.
“The agreement between us and Grab is a win-win solution,” said Bayuh.
Previously, in 2018 Grab had operated in six airports in Indonesia, namely Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Juanda International Airport, Hasanuddin International Airport, Kualanamu International Airport, and Husein Sastranegara International Airport. The total trips using GrabBike and GrabCar services in the six airports reached around 2.7 million trips.
Just so you know, Grab is a decacorn status startup. This is a nickname for startups that have a valuation above US $ 10 billion. Techcrunch reports the latest injection of funds has made Grab’s valuation soar to US $ 14 billion.