National Express has won a contract to operate a new airport coach service in the Republic of Ireland, which will be operated on its behalf by Bernard Kavanagh Coaches. The new service comprises three routes running up to 24 hours a day between Dublin city centre and Dublin airport, with the potential for additional services to be added over time, the company has announced.
Managing Director of National Express Ireland John Boughton said: “Dublin Express will transform what it means to ride an airport service in the Irish capital. We currently run 1,100 airport services every day on a 24 hour basis direct to the terminal for all major UK airports including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow and Manchester. And as Ireland’s largest private coach operator, we have previously worked with Bernard Kavanagh Coaches to operate Irish services.”
“Bringing together this collective experience, local knowledge and expertise as Dublin Express will allow us to provide a much enhanced experience at a great price.”
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison praised the expansion of coach services serving the airport: “We are very focussed on improving public transport options to Dublin Airport for both passengers and airport-based employees, and we specifically sought coach and bus providers who would expand the network, both in terms of the hours of operation and the route choice.”
Kavanagh Managing Director Bernard Kavanagh said: “We have a long-standing, strong relationship with National Express. We look forward to building on this in 2020 with the new Dublin Express service.”
National Express withdrew its cross-border direct service 890 between London and Cork from Friday 7 February, which was operated by Bernard Kavanagh Coaches on its behalf, due to low passenger numbers.