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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin Bus rolling out expanded Airlink service

Published 04/02/2016 | 23:40

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD & Ray Coyne, Dublin Bus Chief Executive at the the announcement of service improvements to Airlink and Dublin Bus City & Coastal Tours services
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD & Ray Coyne, Dublin Bus Chief Executive at the the announcement of service improvements to Airlink and Dublin Bus City & Coastal Tours services

Dublin Bus is rolling out an expanded Airlink service to people on the city’s southside - and a range of new sightseeing tours are on the way to cater for our rapidly growing tourism industry.

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A new 1916 commemorative tour will also be launched within the next month, to link in with the Easter Rising celebrations.

From today, Airlink will provide a 10 minute all day frequency service to the airport.

Earlier and later departure times of 4.45am and 12.30am have also been introduced.

In addition, there will now be 200 trips every day from the northside to Heuston Station - and there will also be an increase of four additional trips on Sundays.

As part of its overall expansion plan, the company will increase the number of sightseeing and coastal tours available this year.

Dublin Bus said demand for its sightseeing tours has over the last two years increased by 17pc.

Spokesperson, Maria Payne, said it is expected revenue from this sector will grow by an additional 25pc this year.

“To contribute to the activities planned for 2016, Dublin Bus will develop a bespoke tour that will focus on the centenary of the 1916 rising,” she said.

“This will be developed in tandem with experts in the field and will ensure that our customers benefit from a factual and entertaining experience.”

The tourism market in Ireland has been slowly increasing since 2012, with 8.6 million overseas visitors last year.

Over 10 million people are expected to visit these shores annually by 2025.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said Dublin Bus is continuing to explore opportunities to develop services further.

“Last year recorded the highest number of overseas tourists ever to come to Ireland.

“Through the implementation of the right policies to support the industry that success can continue.”

Over 1.5 million people used Airlink - travelling  the airport to the city centre in 2015.

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