Chasing out Uber and Grab drivers trying to pick up incoming passengers had been something of a time-honored tradition for conventional taxi drivers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International, ever since the industry-disrupting apps made their debut in Bali several years ago.
But the times sure have changed now that Grab has swallowed up Uber in Southeast Asia and the app announced on Tuesday that it established a pick-up point for riders at the island’s airport.
“This is to facilitate the meeting of our drivers with customers using the Grabcar service when they arrive in Bali,” Grab Indonesia Executive Director Rizki Kramadibrata said from the airport on Tuesday.
The meeting point, a green and white booth, has been set up in the arrivals section of the domestic terminal, in partnership with the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Management Union (Kophrindo).
Officers at the booth will assist passengers with making bookings and will also offer information about booking tour packages provided by Kophrindo. However, passengers can still specify other pick-up points at the airport, not necessarily at the booth.
“The presence of this booth is expected to help support the transportation infrastructure at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, while providing more transportation options for tourists,” Weri Sulasmiaty of Kophrindo said, as quoted by Antara.