National Express has successfully retained its contract to operate airside and landside shuttle bus services for passengers, staff and crew at London Stansted airport.
Following a tender process managed by the airport’s owners, Manchester Airports Group, the operator has secured a five-year continuation of its contracts – with the option of a further three-year extension.
The agreement provides security to the 100-plus staff currently employed to run the services, and ensures ongoing investment in-line with the airport’s passenger growth projections.
Additionally, the bid included a commitment to a fleet of brand-new Mercedes-Benz Citaros, equipped with the latest tech including real-time passenger information onboard and at each stop.
Chris Hardy, National Express UK Coach Managing Director, commented: “This is a prestigious contract that attracted strong competition, so we are hugely excited to be continuing to work with London Stansted Airport.
“Our bid built on the fact that we have been operating these services since 2008 but we definitely weren’t complacent in our approach.
“We are confident that our improved offering will deliver a more responsive service with high-quality vehicles operating faster journey times.
“This win is a reflection of the personal commitment and performance of all staff across our London Stansted and bid teams and forms part of the business strategy to further develop our presence at aviation locations across the UK.
“We look forward to many successful years of service delivery and growth at London Stansted Airport.”
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