Aircoach secures deal to acquire Derry-based Airporter

26th Oct 2022

Deal will see Aircoach launch a new bus route linking Derry and Dublin
New route connects North West region directly to Dublin Airport
Derry route marks seventh national route for Aircoach

Aircoach, Ireland’s leading private bus and coach operator, has acquired the well-known North West based passenger transport company, Airporter. 

The deal will see Aircoach expand its commercial operation and increase its daily routes to seven with the new all-island route connecting the North West to Belfast International Airport, Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre. 

Aircoach will acquire the Airporter base at the Springtown Industrial Estate in Derry City, along with the transfer of all Airporter drivers and operational staff to Aircoach to service the new timetable and route.

The new service which launches in the coming weeks, enhances Aircoach’s current 705X service between Dublin City/Dublin Airport and Belfast City and brings 12 new services to Derry along with a range of new benefits for customers including: 

●    Routes running seven days a week with first service arriving into Derry at 06:05am.
●    Stops at Glengal Street, Belfast, Belfast International Airport, Drumahoe Park and Ride and Foyleside Coach Park, Derry.
●    Direct public transport connectivity between Ireland’s two largest airports for the first time.

Dervla McKay, Managing Director of Aircoach said: 

“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone for Aircoach with the creation of an all-island service for the first time. This has been made possible with the acquisition of Airporter, a company which has served customers so well for over 25 years to and from the North West. The deal marks a great step forward for Aircoach and we look forward to launching the new route in due course.” 

“We’re privileged to be Ireland’s leading transport operator, bringing people to work, students to university, reuniting families, and bringing new visitors to our cities from all around the world. This new route is a major addition for connectivity as it will enhance the public transport offering for both locals and visitors alike. 
“The progress on the completion of the A6 is improving travel time and increasing the viability of this route like never before. Aircoach is fully committed to ensuring that the North West is connected to major travel and economic hubs to improve the attractiveness of the region as a place in which to invest.”

“It’s a very exciting time for Aircoach as we expand our presence to the North-West and we look forward to working with our new colleagues and customers for many years to come.”

The award-winning company, Aircoach is a subsidiary of First Group plc which is one of the UK and Ireland’s largest transport companies.  

The new 705X Derry service joins Aircoach’s existing routes between Cork, Galway, Belfast, Dublin City, Dublin Airport and its suburbs.

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