New pre-booked air­port bus

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

Public trans­port op­tions for pas­sen­gers want­ing to con­nect with flights into and out of Palmer­ston North Air­port have in­creased.

In­ter­City has in­tro­duced an 11-seater shut­tle con­nect­ing the air­port to the rest of the com­pany’s long dis­tance bus net­work, which op­er­ates 25 buses through the city ev­ery day.

In­ter­City Group gen­eral man­ager Sam Peale said the ser­vice, which costs $10 one way, aims to pro­vide a ‘‘seam­less con­nec­tion’’, and is for booked out-of-town In­ter­City trav­ellers want­ing to catch flights from Palmer­ston North.

When there is de­mand, it will run from The Square to the air­port at 12.20pm on week­days, timed to con­nect with In­ter­City’s Welling­ton and New Ply­mouth ser­vices.

The re­turn trip leaves the air­port at 12.35pm ar­riv­ing in The Square at 12.45pm to con­nect with the 12.55pm In­ter­City bus to New Ply­mouth and the 1pm bus to Welling­ton. Book­ings can be made through any In­ter­City book­ing agency.

In­ter­city’s Amy Cooper said the com­pany was encouraged by the for­ward book­ings made since an­nounc­ing the ser­vice.

Palmer­ston North Air­port CEO David Lan­ham said the shut­tle added to the trans­port op­tions avail­able from town to the air­port.

‘‘With over 40 flights per day, more and more of our re­gional neigh­bours are se­lect­ing [us] as their air­port of choice.‘‘

Lan­ham said re­gional bus trav­ellers who alight at The Square head­ing for the air­port, could find get­ting there ‘‘prob­lem­at­i­cal’’ .

‘‘They think, ‘Oh, it’s a taxi ride’. Now they can make one book­ing with In­ter­City and be taken there.’’

He said peo­ple liv­ing in the city and Feild­ing are al­ready well con­nected. Hori­zons sub­ur­ban buses op­er­ate 12 ‘Air Con­nec­tor’ ser­vices a day to the air­port dur­ing the week, and four on Satur­days as part of the reg­u­larly sched­uled city-Feild­ing route.

Other op­tions for those un­able or un­will­ing to use private ve­hi­cles, in­clude the Su­per­shut­tle hire ser­vice and two taxi com­pa­nies.

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