Friday 30 September 2016

New Airlink service offers Dubliners a fresh bus route to airport

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Published 25/07/2016 | 11:25

The new Airlink 757. Photo: Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2016
The new Airlink 757. Photo: Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2016
Dublin Airport

Dublin Bus has launched a new Airlink route to Dublin Airport, serving the south side of the city.

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The company's second airport route, launched this summer, starts at Camden Street and serves stops including St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, the Docklands (Silicon Dock) and the IFSC before taking the Port Tunnel to the airport.

The new 757 routes route costs €6 one-way and €10 return.

Buses on the new route begin at 5am and run through to 12.15am, operating at 20 minute intervals during peak times, and half-hourly intervals otherwise.

Airlink's main competitor, Aircoach, charges cash fares of €7 per adult one-way and €12 return between Dublin Airport and the city centre.

Dublin Bus routes 16, 41 and 102 also serve the airport.

A proposed rail link between city and airport, Metro North, is currently at the planning stage, with construction expected to commence in 2021 and finish by 2026 or 2027.

Airlink passenger numbers rose by 11pc to 1.5 million in 2015, according to Dublin Bus, and the company is projecting a 100pc revenue growth by 2020.

Meanwhile, passenger numbers at Dublin Airport have risen by 13pc to just over 13 million in the first six months of 2016, putting it on course for its busiest ever year.

The new 757 route and a recent extension to Dublin Bus's exisiting 747 Airlink route have created 40 jobs, the company says.

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