TASMANIAN SKYBUS LAUNCHED
THE APPLE ISLE now has its first SkyBus airport and CBD shuttle service active following an official launch in Hobart, Tasmania, it’s reported recently.
At a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Brooke Street Pier, July 29, SkyBus co-CEO and director Michael Sewards described the moment as a very exciting time for the Melbourne-based company, which has 40 years’ history in airport passenger transport.
“Tourism into Hobart is growing every year and Hobart Airport is growing with future international flights on the drawing board,” Sewards said.
“This is SkyBus’s fourth new service … “The new service has begun operation today for the residents, business and tourism operators of Hobart. SkyBus will deliver a modern airport bus service to and from Hobart Airport, with multiple stops in and out of the city.
“We will provide affordability with superior service, offering our customers free Wi-Fi, luggage racks, reliable running times, as well as online, mobile and kiosk ticketing options.”
He said SkyBus is already a known brand in Tasmania, with “22 per cent of domestic passengers in Melbourne coming from the Island State.”
“SkyBus currently transports 4 million people every year from Tullamarine and Avalon [airports] with growth averaging 10 per cent every year.
“We are moving 1 million passengers in Auckland.”
Sewards added that SkyBus had received excellent support from tourism and government authorities in its bid to gain a Tasmanian foothold.
SkyBus previously ran nine services from four airports in Australia and New Zealand, and entered into contractual arrangements to acquire the local service, “Hobart Airporter”,
last month. Subject to receiving appropriate airport and government approvals, SkyBus launched its Hobart service.
“We thank the Larrissey [Tasmania’s own’ Redline] family for their assistance in making this transaction possible, and we look forward to now working with Hobart Airport and building and planning on the delivery of our service…” Sewards said.
Above: SkyBus continues its expansion following its official Hobart launch.