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Dublin Airport Bus Service Changes

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    Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 10,758 mod devnull


    Following a recent tender competition run by the DAA for bus stops, a shake-up of bus and coach services to Dublin Airport at the Airport, including the provision of additional services, and changes to bus stops served are going ahead in February and March.

    As part of the tender process, DAA were encouraging and providing incentives for operators to expand services to areas deemed to be underserved as well as the provision of 24 hour services. The incentives included promotion of said new routes and media credits at Dublin Airport.

    The tender document that these stops were let under can be [URL="javascript:DownloadPublicDocument('2077214','sDoc_2077214','172161');"]found here[/URL].

    New Operator - Dublin Express - Services Commenced 3rd March 2020
    National Express started three new 24 hour routes serving Dublin City from Dublin Airport, under the brand of Dublin Express, operated by Bernard Kavanagh on 3rd March 2020.

    782 - Dublin Airport T1 -> Dubin Airport T2 -> Custom House Quay -> Smithfield
    783 - Dublin Airport T1 -> Dublin Airport T2 -> Custom House Quay
    784 - Dublin Airport T1 -> Dublin Airport T2 -> Custom House Quay -> Merrion Square

    The new services depart from directly outside the front door of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, the spots which were previously occupied by Aircoach.

    Stop Changes for Existing Services - Phase 1 - 4th February 2020
    On 4th February 2020 services operated by Bus Eireann, JJ Kavanagh, CityLink, GoBus and Translink saw their bus stops at Dublin Airport move to new locations.

    Stop Changes for Existing Services - Phase 2 - 3rd March 2020
    Since 3rd March 2020, Aircoach no longer serve the front door of either terminal and depart from Zone 11 of the airport, at T1 and will no longer pick up or drop off passengers at T2.

    The new operator Dublin Express, from the same date, took over the stops directly outside the front door of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

    New Bus Stop Layout
    Click here for the new bus stops zone map in force from 3rd March 2020.

    Potential Provision of extra services
    National Express have been granted a license for the following services.

    785 - Airport to Clontarf (Via Clarehall, Raheny and Fairview)

    No indication as of yet has been given when this service may be starting up.
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  • That airport to Tallaght one may be the via Celbridge variation of the Tallaght route that Airport Hopper were discussing




  • L1011 wrote: »
    That airport to Tallaght one may be the via Celbridge variation of the Tallaght route that Airport Hopper were discussing

    Both of the following remain with Dualway operated under the Airport Hopper brand.
    777 - Tallaght to Dublin Airport
    767 - Maynooth to Dublin Airport

    Nothing to suggest an additional route has been approved, so perhaps what happened was that AIrport Hopper had their application turned down due to a prior application from Express Bus?




  • devnull wrote: »
    Both of the following remain with Dualway operated under the Airport Hopper brand.
    777 - Tallaght to Dublin Airport
    767 - Maynooth to Dublin Airport

    Nothing to suggest an additional route has been approved, so perhaps what happened was that AIrport Hopper had their application turned down due to a prior application from Express Bus?

    Saw this a few days ago...

    https://mobile.twitter.com/airporthopper1/status/1219943351023210496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aairporthopper1%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fairporthopper.ie%2F

    Text from 22nd Jan :Dear Airport Hopper Fans 🀗

    It’s getting real!! Our documentation for a service via Celbridge is in the post to the NTA! 🥳🥳🥳




  • Bojill wrote: »

    Just because their application for a license is in the post, it doesn't mean they will get one, there's a few stages it has to go through before it gets to the issuing of a license stage and if it's similar to the already licensed service by another operator, it makes it harder to get a license, but not impossible.

    Have they really been talking about this service for a while before putting an application in for an actual license for the service? If so, that's exceptionally naive commercially as you're basically telling all your competitors that you are doing so who can then pip you to the post.

    I note Frank O'Rourke is a FF politician, could be some interesting politics at play shortly!




  • The change to the Aircoach stops is nowhere to be found in their 'Latest News', instead it's buried in their FAQs, under 'Where does Aircoach pickup at Dublin Airport'....

    Please note that from 4 March 2020 the Aircoach pick up point at Dublin Airport will be from Zone 11 at Terminal 1 only.

    https://www.aircoach.ie/faqs

    Map (PDF) of the airport showing the bus zones ....

    https://www.dublinairport.com/docs/default-source/maps/transport-map.pdf


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  • coylemj wrote: »
    The change to the Aircoach stops is nowhere to be found in their 'Latest News', instead it's buried in their FAQs, under 'Where does Aircoach pickup at Dublin Airport'....

    Please note that from 4 March 2020 the Aircoach pick up point at Dublin Airport will be from Zone 11 at Terminal 1 only.

    https://www.aircoach.ie/faqs

    Probably don't want people who are booking online to see that ahead of time I would guess is the reason, might effect their bookings and passengers may have to pass two operators now to get to them.




  • devnull wrote: »
    Probably don't want people who are booking online to see that ahead of time I would guess is the reason, might effect their bookings and passengers may have to pass two operators now to get to them.

    Possibly. It will be interesting to see who gets the prime stops outside T1 nd T2.

    If a new operator got those stops and stared a service on the N11 which did not go into D2 i.e. took the old Aircoach Greystones route straight from the Rock Road to the East Link and the Tunnel, it would give Aircoach something to worry about.




  • devnull wrote: »
    Both of the following remain with Dualway operated under the Airport Hopper brand.
    777 - Tallaght to Dublin Airport
    767 - Maynooth to Dublin Airport

    Nothing to suggest an additional route has been approved, so perhaps what happened was that AIrport Hopper had their application turned down due to a prior application from Express Bus?

    See the NTAs current list of licensed services

    https://www.nationaltransport.ie/bus-licensing/view-list-of-current-licences/




  • thomasj wrote: »

    Which backs up my point. Dualway still have the original two Hopper routes and Express Bus have eight new ones.




  • So while profits are through the roof at Aircoach and they paid the parent company a €4.5M dividend (see IT article below), they're about to abandon their prime stops outside the terminals in Dublin airport. Which will force their passengers to lug their bags across the tarmac to the terminals.

    I also recall that they updated their timetables on certain routes in January 2017 but failed to update the mobile app which showed out of date schedules for several years afterwards. Then they abandoned the app altogether. The current Aircoach app is for purchasing tickets only, if you click on 'bus times' it redirects to their website. They really couldn't be bothered :(

    ====== Irish Times January 20th 2020 ========

    The growth of Dublin Airport and the increase in city-based events in Dublin were key to the increase to €30.2 million in revenue at private bus operator Aircoach last year, according to its directors.

    Accounts for Last Passive Ltd show an increase in slight revenue to €30.2 million from €29.8 million and pre-tax profits of €4.719 million in the 12 months to the end of March 30th last.


    Dublin Airport growth drives revenues at Aircoach to €30.2m


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  • First of all before I say any more, the below is not confirmation that these will be the actual routes, but simply stating what the TFI Journey Planner is currently showing. The information is clearly not complete, as routes 782/783/784 show nothing other than the terminus and the airport as stops, which won't be right.

    However.....

    Possible Terminus points of new routes.
    According to the Transport for Ireland Journey Planner, the following terminus points can be expected
    - 782 to Dublin City (Arran Quay)
    - 783 to Dublin City (Custom House Quay)
    - 784 to Merrion Square (Hollies Street)

    Possible route 785 Alignment
    Route 785 on the TFI Journey Planner appears to indicate the following route
    Clontarf (Station) - Clontarf (St Lawrence Rd) - Raheny (Station) - Raheny (Tonlegee Rd) - Coolock (Brookville Crescent) - Clare Hall (Shopping Centre) - Dublin Airport.




  • Possibly related, this crowd is currently seeking drivers for Dublin Airport routes starting next month:

    https://dublindrivers.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/dublindrivers/




  • funny they use a Dublin Bus in the last image on their page?




  • This is believed to be the brand that will be used for the new services.

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  • So these are more premium fare routes competing with Aircoach and Airlink rather than an expansion of regular bus routes. Disappointing.

    More standard fare routes to parts of the city currently with poor airport links are needed far more than a third operator overcharging tourists going to the city centre.

    Don't get me started on the shameful business of DAA auctioning off bus stops to the highest bidder. If they had gone to the trouble of building a proper bus station with indoor waiting and information facilities then maybe it would be justified but the rates they charge for a bit of tarmac with a shelter if you are lucky is a joke.




  • I love the logo for this brand. It's excellent.

    Do we know what livery is being designed for Dublin Express?




  • Wow this is shocking news. This will put Aircoach under serious pressure. They are already facing lots of pressure on the Cork route from GoBus and the Belfast route from Dublin Coach, but now seeing a new large well financed competitor on their core Dublin Airport routes and to lose the prime bus stop locations, they could well end up in serious trouble.

    I’d say it will impact Airlink to, but obviously that wouldn’t be as serious threat to Dublin Bus as a whole, given their PSO routes.

    I think it could actually be good for DB to get out of the Airlink and focus on developing more PSO routes to Dublin Airport as Vic mentions.

    But yikes for Aircoach, they will need to be far more aggressive in terms of competitiveness then they have shown over the past few years if they are to survive this onslaught.




  • bk wrote: »
    Wow this is shocking news. This will put Aircoach under serious pressure. They are already facing lots of pressure on the Cork route from GoBus and the Belfast route from Dublin Coach, but now seeing a new large well financed competitor on their core Dublin Airport routes and to lose the prime bus stop locations, they could well end up in serious trouble.

    I’d say it will impact Airlink to, but obviously that wouldn’t be as serious threat to Dublin Bus as a whole, given their PSO routes.

    I think it could actually be good for DB to get out of the Airlink and focus on developing more PSO routes to Dublin Airport as Vic mentions.

    But yikes for Aircoach, they will need to be far more aggressive in terms of competitiveness then they have shown over the past few years if they are to survive this onslaught.

    T2 Aircoach is always dead anyway but still a pain to have to trek to Zone 11. Unless you're going somewhere in South Dublin, then it will come down to price presumably. The Aircoach route via the port-tunnel is fantastic imo.

    Would these new routes be included on tax saver tickets / leap card caps or are they totally private?
    devnull wrote: »

    Possible route 785 Alignment
    Route 785 on the TFI Journey Planner appears to indicate the following route
    Clontarf (Station) - Clontarf (St Lawrence Rd) - Raheny (Station) - Raheny (Tonlegee Rd) - Coolock (Brookville Crescent) - Clare Hall (Shopping Centre) - Dublin Airport.

    That's a very decent route given the lack of options for those parts to the airport.

    Any ETA on when those new routes might start?




  • Mr.S wrote: »
    Would these new routes be included on tax saver tickets / leap card caps or are they totally private?

    Totally private, so no tax saver. They however could join leapcard and free travel pass schemes as some private operators have, however I wouldn’t expect that from the start.




  • bk wrote: »
    Totally private, so no tax saver. They however could join leapcard and free travel pass schemes as some private operators have, however I wouldn’t expect that from the start.

    There's a few private companies in the taxsaver and leap schemes and I'm pretty sure there was mention of taxsaver in the tender document for the airport


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  • Might be a good time for DB to make the 16 a 24 hour service. I know it might seem like throwing more capacity onto the airport services but we've seen from the apparent success of the 41 that there is an appetite for cheaper options to get to the airport in the early hours.




  • bk wrote: »
    Wow this is shocking news. This will put Aircoach under serious pressure. They are already facing lots of pressure on the Cork route from GoBus and the Belfast route from Dublin Coach, but now seeing a new large well financed competitor on their core Dublin Airport routes and to lose the prime bus stop locations, they could well end up in serious trouble.

    I've also seen a rumour on another forum that Dublin Coach are hoping to serve Dublin Airport soon on their Belfast route which means they're going to face head to head competition here too and also in the recent Aircoach accounts it was mentioned that they had saw declining performance on the Cork route due to competition, although much of that can be put down to the foolish move of basically sitting back and doing nothing when Gobus undercut them - contrast that with what the previous, more commercially savvy, management team did when GoBe launched.
    I’d say it will impact Airlink to, but obviously that wouldn’t be as serious threat to Dublin Bus as a whole, given their PSO routes.

    I think it could actually be good for DB to get out of the Airlink and focus on developing more PSO routes to Dublin Airport as Vic mentions.

    Dublin Bus is the biggest bus operator in the state, enjoys good brand recognition, it's Airlink services stop at Busaras, Connolly Station, Heuston Station and bang slap in the middle of O'Connell Street, is included on the Visitor Leap Card, cross promoted with their tour services and has a sales desk inside T1. It also has a good spot at both terminals. They will certainly see some revenue loss, but not significant and nowhere near as much as Aircoach.
    Any ETA on when those new routes might start?

    Hard to tell, heard nothing firm on that. They have the licenses but the earliest it can be is February, with March looking more likely to be the earliest date, bearing in mind Aircoach are not moving out of the stops that the new operator is said to be taking until then. I can't see them launching all the services at the same time either, truth be told so it could be a staggered launch depending on when they have the resources such as vehicles and staffing.

    I would imagine at least initially that Bernard Kavanagh and Sons might have a role to play as they are the go to people in Ireland to contract work to fill in gaps when needed and National Express already have a business relationship with them.




  • thomasj wrote: »
    There's a few private companies in the taxsaver and leap schemes and I'm pretty sure there was mention of taxsaver in the tender document for the airport

    The only requirements to get the tax saver tax break, is to get a season ticket paid from salary sacrifice, bought by your employer; and is for a month or longer duration.
    So any private sector public transport co selling season tickets can apply. the Revenue guidance specifically mentions ferry services....


    Its Bizarre that there are no services to get the people who work in the airport to work there, at the times they need to get there




  • Its Bizarre that there are no services to get the people who work in the airport to work there, at the times they need to get there

    Well they seem to be trying to change it.

    In the tender document , their number 1 focus is on services that run 24 hours a day to the prime locations that airport staff come from.




  • thomasj wrote: »
    Well they seem to be trying to change it.

    In the tender document , their number 1 focus is on services that run 24 hours a day to the prime locations that airport staff come from.

    But these routes are premium / privately run, anyone working at the airport isn’t going to pay for it twice a day?




  • Mr.S wrote: »
    But these routes are premium / privately run, anyone working at the airport isn’t going to pay for it twice a day?

    They will have a special staff rate for people working at the airport. Aircoach already have one which is about half the general public rate and other operators do the same.




  • devnull wrote: »
    They will have a special staff rate for people working at the airport. Aircoach already have one which is about half the general public rate and other operators do the same.

    Ah, fair point.




  • Someone is a nerd, the 781 goes to the N81 :D




  • devnull wrote: »
    This is believed to be the brand that will be used for the new services.

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    Confirmed that National Express have lodged a trademark registration submission for the above name and logo in Ireland.

    That would appear to all but confirm the involvement of National Express in these new services.


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  • The 785 bus could be a game changer for me commuting to work, especially if they do season tickets. But my one worry is that it wont be popular due to price. Say it charges €7 a ticket and €3.50 for a child ticket, that would be €17.50 for my family to go from Raheny to the Airport. A taxi costs €20.

    I still reckon a 17a express that by-passed Kilmore and Beaumont hospital would be a huge success.


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