Smooth takeoff: Phuket Airport partners with Grab for app-solute taxi comfort

Phuket International Airport is leaping into the digital age, enabling passengers to hail Grab taxis immediately via their cellular apps from right now. This initiative is geared toward offering passengers with more transportation choices.
The airport’s director, Monchai Tanode, shared that 4 ride-hailing app builders, together with Grab, Asia Cab, Hello Phuket, and Air Asia, applied for the license to function at the airport. However, only Grab obtained the green light to supply its companies to passengers during this preliminary phase, while the opposite purposes stay into consideration.
“For the protection of passengers, the Phuket Provincial Transport Office must first inspect these ride-hailing companies for safety requirements.”

Monchai further added that each taxi operating under these apps have to be equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) and a lost-and-found system to make sure the safety of passengers and their belongings.
The airport has also taken steps to streamline the method for passengers hailing taxis through the app. A designated area, conveniently positioned not removed from the passenger terminal, shall be set aside for this function.
The director of Airports of Thailand (AoT), Kirati Kijmanawat, added some context to the new measure.
“Phuket airport has long been affected by unlawful taxis and taxi mafias.”

In response, the airport implemented a coverage requiring all airport taxis to register their license with the airport. This consists of Grab taxi drivers, who must provide private details earlier than offering their services, reported Bangkok Post.
Moreover, to make sure equity and transparency, Grab taxis from ride-hailing apps will not levy further charges. Drivers can only enter the airport once their arriving passenger calls them. Conversely, taxi drivers dropping off departing passengers will not be allowed to linger at the airport parking spots to select up new passengers.
Monetize , which caters to a mean of 40,000 passengers daily, is trying forward to the smoother operations and improved passenger expertise that these changes promise to deliver.
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