Travellers heading to Jakarta, Indonesia will now be able to use Grab upon arriving at city's main airport, Soekarno-Hatta International.
Unlike how Grab currently is used, travellers would go to a designated pick-up spot and order a ride through GrabNow - connecting you with one driver. Instead of searching for a driver within the area, usually one is there. Prior to departing the premises, the driver will give a six-digit code to enter on the Grab app.
The service will also use a different fleet of vehicles via a partnership with Inkoppol, which is a cooperative managed by Indonesia's national police. While the pricing has been said to be the same as a regular Grab ride, the drivers will have to go directly back to the airport - without any passengers.
Prior to the new arrangement, airport management firm Angkasa Pura forbade ride-hailing apps at the airport. While it was forbidden within airport grounds, it has not stopped passengers from booking rides and meeting somewhere away from the sight of airport officials. With the new booths, Grab is the only service with authorized booths at Jakarta's airport.
Indonesia has been a hotbed for competition between traditional taxis and ride-sharing apps, where locals know them as "online taxis." While Indonesia's Supreme Court struck down some restrictive rules, there has been a some regulations for the industry being placed on them by the government.
While restrictions have been eased at Jakarta's airport, other airports in the country such as Bali have banned them.