No income and no reunions: Transportation industry workers lament travel ban – Sat, May 22 2021

Table of Contents1 to Read Full Story2 SUBSCRIBE NOW Reno Surya (The Jakarta Post) PREMIUM Surabaya   ●   Sat, May 22 2021 The sound of the takbiran (eve of Idul Fitri celebrations) reverberated as the sun slowly leaned toward the west. Minutes before dusk, the usually-bustling Bungurasih terminal right […]

Reno Surya (The Jakarta Post)

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Surabaya   ●  
Sat, May 22 2021

The sound of the takbiran (eve of Idul Fitri celebrations) reverberated as the sun slowly leaned toward the west. Minutes before dusk, the usually-bustling Bungurasih terminal right outside Surabaya was still quiet. Occasionally, ticket brokers could be seen moving from one area to another, but almost all returned empty-handed. Bus drivers were just sitting around, some chatting and some in silence, while others had fallen asleep in the open luggage compartments of their vehicles.

It was one day before Idul Fitri, usually the peak of people traveling to the places they hail from for family reunions, but the government’s decree prohibiting the mudik (exodus) this year means most transportation providers are sitting on their hands. Drivers, brokers and travel agents are left with far less income while also not b…

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