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Monday 25 September 2017

'David vs Goliath' bus war breaks out

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

A MAJOR airport bus operator may take legal action against its smaller rival after getting a licence to run the same route.

A 'David versus Goliath' bus war has broken out in the south Dublin village of Dalkey as airport-bound passengers are being offered two coach services operating almost identical routes and timetables, from the same starting point.

Aircoach says it is "considering all its options" against the Patton Flyer service, which has still been unable to secure a licence despite starting up three years ago.

Aircoach began running a similar service earlier this month after receiving a route licence from the Department of Transport.

Trevor Patton, of Patton Flyer, said his issue was with the Department of Transport for failing to give it a licence.

He added that he did not have a problem with Aircoach, as he was not opposed to competition.

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"It is the unfairness of how we have been treated that I object to," he said.

Patton was offered a licence last year, but it was too restrictive in the number of pick-up stops allowed, he added.

Aircoach managing director Allen Parker said it was considering all options, including court action, to defend its investment.

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Irish Independent

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