A NEW contract to run the A1 shuttle bus for the owners of Bournemouth Airport has got off to a flying start.
Yellow Buses began operating the new-look service after landing the deal with airport owners, Manchester Airports Group (MAG).
The hourly service runs from 7am to 7pm seven days a week. It links Bournemouth Airport, the Aviation Business Park and Hurn with Bournemouth Town Centre and main hubs within the Yellows’ network, including the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
The new service was launched by Paul Knight, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport.
He was accompanied by senior Yellow Buses’ management including Mark Ambler, Head of Network Development; Mike Conroy, Operations Manager, and Gareth Edwards, Customer Services Manager.
Mr Knight said: “We are delighted to welcome Yellow Buses to the Airport. As well as providing a real benefit for our passengers, this new service will also be a boost for those working on the business park and the residents of Hurn village.”
Yellow Buses is running a dedicated high quality single-decker on the service, initially using its eye-catching Jubilee liveried bus.
The bus which features leather seats and wood effect floors became a popular attraction on the roads during last year’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Mark Ambler, Yellow Buses’ Head of Network Development, said there was great potential to grow the new service.
He added: “We will be working closely with the airport to increase the number of bus passengers travelling to and from the airport and business park.”
MAG is the country’s largest UK-owned airport operator with its four airports – Stansted, Bournemouth, East Midlands and Manchester – serving around 42 million passengers every year. Bournemouth serves around 600,000 passengers and 36 destinations annually.
The MAG contract is for a minimum of three years.