Passengers at Dublin Airport will have 35 million bus seats and substantially more bus options than ever, as new permits were issued allowing bus operators to pick up and drop off outside the airport’s two busy terminals.
The improved bus services will kick off next month – with more than 1,000 buses per day set to depart from Dublin Airport, and rising to 1,200 per day in 2025, subject to operator rollout! That’s a sizable rise from 900 per day last year so good news all round for travellers from Dublin Airport.
And that’s good news for the 19,000 staff working at the capital airport. Already, 35 per cent of airport employees travel to and from the busy flight campus by bus, but with the increased capacity from next month, this should greatly increase staff usage, and perhaps cut out car journeys with costly toll charges each way.
Good news all round for passengers and airport staff and of course, if it reduces car journeys and carbon emissions, that’s good news for Dublin too! A more sustainable transport system for travelling or working Dubs, along with a sustainable bus network from Dublin Airport to all 32 counties!
Currently, around one third (33pc) of departing passengers take the bus so that too should increase with the additional capacity.
This followed a successful tender process for the allocation of bus stops at Dublin Airport – daa secured commitments from operators that they will deliver a seat for every passenger from 2024 onwards, with more than 35m bus seats expected to be available by 2025!
Operators have also committed to increase capacity further in subsequent years if demand requires.
According to Vincent Harrison, Chief Commercial and Development Officer at daa: “The addition of more bus options at Dublin Airport will come as great news to passengers at Dublin Airport, which is already the largest bus interchange in Ireland, with services to all 32 counties on the island
“Figures published by the NTA show that the number of car journeys to Dublin Airport fell between 2019 and 2023, and the continued focus on improving attractive public transport links to the airport is one of the reasons for that. The increased frequencies we’re announcing today will further that progress over the years ahead.”
“Following the successful re-tendering process, Dublin Airport is delighted to once again be partnering with scheduled operators Dublin Express, Aircoach, Citylink, Wexford Bus, Bus Éireann and Expressway and Flightlink, as well as services supported by the National Transport Authority (NTA), who will occupy designated bus stops across the campus from March onwards.”
The Zone 16 Coach Park at Dublin Airport will continue to cater for scheduled operators, JJ Kavanagh, Dublin Coach, Airport Hopper, John McGinley and M4 Direct.
These significant improvements to the bus offering at Dublin Airport come after daa recently submitted exciting plans for an improved Ground Transportation Centre as part of its Infrastructure Application to Fingal County Council. The new centre, to be located between the airport’s two terminals and close to the space reserved at the airport for a future metro stop, will include toilets, retail outlets, seating and sheltered waiting areas.
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