TASMANIAN SKY­BUS LAUNCHED

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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.

THE LEAD-UP

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.

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