Sunday 30 April 2017

Airport bus service harbours hopes of 'rise from the ashes'

DON LAVERY

A little part of Dublin's southside that disappeared three weeks ago may be on the way back.

The Patton Flyer connected Dublin's southside with the airport via the coast road and ran for nearly four years -- while trying to get a licence to operate the route from the Department of Transport.

It was hugely popular but it closed on September 1, after Aircoach got the licence.

Yesterday, Trevor Patton of Curtis Transport Ltd, said he had applied to operate four or five routes in Dublin, including his original Patton Flyer route from Dalkey to Dublin Airport. "The Patton Flyer could be the Phoenix rising from the ashes!" he said.

Mr Patton said local support had been "fantastic" and added that he wasn't afraid of competition -- suggesting that two bus companies on any route would be good for the public.

"The Government appears to favour multinational companies," he said, referring to Aircoach, and added, "They do not seem to want to help small businesses at all."

Mr Patton said he had made a complaint to Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly in relation to administrative and policy failures that have delayed the awarding of the licence for almost four years.

Sunday Independent

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