TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - State-owned public transportation company Perum Damri officially announced that it increased the cost of its airport bus at Rp5,000 for several routes from and to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Damri released the information since the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) criticized the tariff hike without holding public dissemination on the matter.
“Damri admits that the tariff of executive service for three routes from and to Soekarno-Hatta Airport raised since January 7, 2019,” said Damri president director Setia N Milatia Moemin in a statement Monday, March 11. The increase is valid for three routes, namely Cikarang, Karawang, and Purwakarta.
Setia said that the tariff hike was the result of considerations on several issues, including the target of the bus trip that was hard to meet due to farther travel time caused by congestion, higher operational cost, and the impact of the increase of provincial minimum wage (UMP).
Damri also recorded the imbalance condition between the distance and occupancy rate of the three routes. Compared to other routes, the occupancy rate of the bus from Karawang, Purwakarta, and Cikarang to the airport and vice versa was low.
Setia further apologized to the public for the lack of dissemination on the tariff hike of the airport bus. Damri, he added, placed the information inside its bus and airport bus terminal.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA