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Dublin Airport Bus Service Changes

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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    koutoubia wrote: »
    To be honest I dont know.
    It was very vague.
    We were told that we would be getting a letter for social welfare.
    Whether this is the end of National Express's foray into Ireland remains to be seen.
    Work on the yard is ongoing.

    Hope for your sake mate that it's just being laid off temporarily, although I guess that's not much of a crumb of comfort as returning to work there anytime soon is probably some way off anyway.

    They need to do better for their staff and customers. The fact you're not sure of your future and they're still taking orders for tickets for tomorrow right now doesn't make a good picture. It makes DX appear like a side project to their main UK Operation rather than a proper foray into the market in it's own right.

    I understand the rationale for ceasing services but it doesn't seem to have been handled that well.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    ax586 wrote: »
    Dublin buses Airlink is finishing up on Thursday night was confirmed today.

    I would imagine Aircoach will quickly follow suit.

    I'd also expect to see routes in general, including the 16/41 to switch to a Saturday timetable during the week or perhaps a skeleton service at the same time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,109 ✭✭✭ koutoubia


    devnull wrote: »
    Hope for your sake mate that it's just being laid off temporarily, although I guess that's not much of a crumb of comfort as returning to work there anytime soon is probably some way off anyway.

    They need to do better for their staff and customers. The fact you're not sure of your future and they're still taking orders for tickets for tomorrow right now doesn't make a good picture. It makes DX appear like a side project to their main UK Operation rather than a proper foray into the market in it's own right.

    Sometime in the future, be it in the near or distant future, I may go into what a f***ing s***storm the whole episode has been.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,855 ✭✭✭✭ stephenjmcd


    ax586 wrote: »
    Dublin buses Airlink is finishing up on Thursday night was confirmed today.

    Really ? They only updated the other day to say back to a winter timetable from next weekend.

    Would have expected a drop in frequency but not a complete cut in service


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,453 ✭✭✭✭ Jamie2k9


    Really ? They only updated the other day to say back to a winter timetable from next weekend.

    Would have expected a drop in frequency but not a complete cut in service

    Not finishing for good, traffic at Dublin Airport is down 60% and that will increase more over next few weeks.

    Airlink is a commercial service.


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  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    Jamie2k9 wrote: »
    Not finishing for good, traffic at Dublin Airport is down 60% and that will increase more over next few weeks.

    Airlink is a commercial service.

    If they're ceasing services they should stop selling tickets for dates they are not running...


  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    Anyone any info on How Aircoach are doing, will they stop sevices soon also, can't be much business for them now.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    soundman45 wrote: »
    Anyone any info on How Aircoach are doing, will they stop sevices soon also, can't be much business for them now.

    They've released an update this morning
    https://www.aircoach.ie/news/covid19-coronavirus-information


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    According to a statement from Dublin Express, they are still running.
    Our services are still operating between Dublin City and Dublin Airport, however if you would like to cancel and refund your ticket you can do this via our cancellation portal , providing it is 72 hours before you are due to travel.

    If you are due to travel within 72 hours and you no longer wish to travel as planned between 13 March and 13 April 2020, we will honour a change to your booking, free of charge. You will be able to amend your journey anytime within 12 months, simply complete this form to advise us of your intention to postpone your plans. Then just get in touch with us when you wish to rebook your travel* by calling our Customer Service team on +353 1 903 9508, our lines are open 08.00 – 22.00, 7 days a week. Calls are charged at local rate.

    *This is valid for bookings amended onto a comparable journey. An excess fee may apply if there is a difference in fare


  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    Business as usual so, other operators are ceasing rather than run at a loss more so than any concern for employees or the public I think so fair play Aircoach for taking a huge hit and providing a full service.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,109 ✭✭✭ koutoubia


    devnull wrote: »
    According to a statement from Dublin Express, they are still running.

    I think they are running one service per hour and using the long term employee's as the drivers or the drivers from GoBus.
    Not sure whether to feel bitter or glad I dodged a bullet!


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,965 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    I wonder if Dublin Airport are requiring DX and others to continue to operate or loss their stops spaces.

    That was an issue for airlines, they were flying empty aircraft because otherwise they would loss their landing slots at airports (which can be worth billions in the likes of Heathrow airport). The EU regulators have now suspended such rules for airlines, so they don't need to fly if empty.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,965 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    soundman45 wrote: »
    Business as usual so, other operators are ceasing rather than run at a loss more so than any concern for employees or the public I think so fair play Aircoach for taking a huge hit and providing a full service.

    It is a horribly difficult situation either way.

    Obviously great for drivers kept on, but if they are running empty coaches, they could quickly run through their cash reserves and go bankrupt and out of business in the long term.

    For the companies that have stopped services, terrible for the drivers laid off, but the companies might be in a better position to bounce back once it is over and employ those drivers in the long term.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,551 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Airport Hopper ceasing on Friday according to social media posts.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,480 ✭✭✭✭ coylemj


    L1011 wrote: »
    Airport Hopper ceasing on Friday according to social media posts.

    There are conflicting messages on their home page. In a panel with a red banner titled 'No Service', they say ....

    Aiport Hopper will stop all services starting Friday 20th March until further notice....

    But at the bottom of the page there a banner which declares....

    Due to COVID 19 we are suspending all the services from 19th March until 29th of March


    https://airporthopper.ie/


  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    Hopper is ceasing like everything indefinitely


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,770 ✭✭✭ GT89


    devnull wrote: »
    I would imagine Aircoach will quickly follow suit.

    I'd also expect to see routes in general, including the 16/41 to switch to a Saturday timetable during the week or perhaps a skeleton service at the same time.

    Remember though that the 16 and 41 serve areas other than the Airport like Swords, Santry and Beaumont. Whilst the Airlink, Dublin Express and Aircoach are only there to serve the airport. These routes would be only cut as part of a wider reduction in services throughout the network.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 20,965 Mod ✭✭✭✭ bk


    GT89 wrote: »
    Remember though that the 16 and 41 serve areas other than the Airport like Swords, Santry and Beaumont. Whilst the Airlink, Dublin Express and Aircoach are only there to serve the airport. These routes would be only cut as part of a wider reduction in services throughout the network.

    Yes, lots of medical staff living in Swords, etc. who need to get to Beaumont, Mater, Rotunda,Temple Street Hospitals. Actually probably some of the most vital routes in this regard, lots of the most important hospitals on these routes.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    GT89 wrote: »
    Remember though that the 16 and 41 serve areas other than the Airport like Swords, Santry and Beaumont. Whilst the Airlink, Dublin Express and Aircoach are only there to serve the airport. These routes would be only cut as part of a wider reduction in services throughout the network.

    I know but I would be surprised if there wasn't a directive to cut services on the PSO Network as well soon - I believe that this is an option that is on the table right now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,480 ✭✭✭✭ coylemj


    Airport Hopper have clarified to me that they are ceasing from tomorrow (Fri 20th). The contradictory banner has been removed from their homepage.

    All tickets purchased will be extended and valid for travelling in the future months.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,135 ✭✭✭ Better Than Christ


    devnull wrote: »
    I know but I would be surprised if there wasn't a directive to cut services on the PSO Network as well soon - I believe that this is an option that is on the table right now.

    It'll happen very soon. It's likely to be a Saturday service with a small number of extra services on routes where there is otherwise a late Saturday start.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,989 ✭✭✭✭ AlekSmart


    devnull wrote: »
    I know but I would be surprised if there wasn't a directive to cut services on the PSO Network as well soon - I believe that this is an option that is on the table right now.

    There are daily meetings of the Government's Covid task force,which includes both the NTA and the major providers.

    Currently,and until the expert advice recommends otherwise,the normal service level is being maintained,with much focus on that level allowing for the social-seperation recommendations to be maintained.

    My own experience is that most people are doing their best to maintain that distance,without prompting or otherwise.

    As an observation,I would suggest that the numbers of people now resident in care/nursing homes is at it's highest ever.

    A very large component of Care Home staff are non-national,living in rented accomodation and more importantly,non car owning,and i would suggest desperately in need of reassurance about their transport links.

    This reassurance is an integral part of any strategy focused on dealing with this emergency.


    Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.

    Charles Mackay (1812-1889)



  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    Aircoach services update, Route 700 Leopardstown now at 30 mins intervals. 702 Greystones suspended, 703 Killiney suspended, Belfast and Cork operate as per timetable for now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 232 ✭✭ ax586


    ax586 wrote: »
    Dublin buses Airlink is finishing up on Thursday night was confirmed today.

    Guys I take this back airlink is still running..


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 11,245 Mod ✭✭✭✭ devnull


    Dublin Express now suspended

    Dublin Express - All Services suspended
    Unfortunately we have had to temporarily suspend our services between Dublin Airport and Dublin City. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you are not due to travel in the next 72 hours you can cancel and refund your ticket via our online cancellation portal.

    If you are due to travel with us in the next 72 hours, to cancel and refund your ticket please call our Customer Service team on +353 1 903 9508. Our lines are open 08.00 – 22.00, 7 days a week. Calls are charged at local rate.

    We know this is a worrying time for everyone. We will continue to take guidance from the Government to ensure we do everything we sensibly can to keep people safe. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will resume services as soon as we can.


  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    Aircoach 704x Cork and 705x Belfast suspended from last services Monday night


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,211 ✭✭✭ Thrashssacre


    soundman45 wrote: »
    Aircoach 704x Cork and 705x Belfast suspended from last services Monday night

    So that just leaves lepardstown? Suprised that hadent been pulled by now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    So how will the current situation affect National Express and Aircoach etc. Disaster for both, bad start for NX and if Aircoach is up for sale disaster for them maybe?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,109 ✭✭✭ koutoubia


    Aircoach is for sale? Any links to that?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 293 ✭✭ soundman45


    Its been widely reported since middle of last year that Aircoach is for sale


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