Stagecoach expand the JET network

Stuart Smith 2012, News

Stagecoach Bluebird is to expand its popular network of JET buses to the Airport from 2nd April 2012. The bus company will take over the operation of the 80 bus route, which serves Dyce rail station and Aberdeen Airport, from next week.

The route, which is funded by NESTRANS, will continue to operate to its current timetable, providing a bus link between Dyce Rail Station, Aberdeen Heliport and Aberdeen Airport, via Pitmedden and Kirkhill Industrial Estates.

With 21 journeys per day Monday to Friday, the 80 route is designed to connect with rail services at Dyce from the north and south, with connecting bus journeys to and from the airport at regular intervals.

Stagecoach Bluebird now operate both the direct bus links to Aberdeen Airport, branded as JET services for easy recognition for those headed to and from the Airport. The 80 route will be branded as JET connect, with a specially branded vehicle scheduled to operate the service.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director for Stagecoach Bluebird said: “We are delighted to be beginning operation of the JET connect 80 route from next week. Our current and award winning JET 727 route has enjoyed growing customer use since 2010 and we’ve been able to invest further in the service to make various improvements since its launch.

“We hope this new JET route will continue this success and assist in providing even more journey options for people needing to get to Aberdeen Airport, all by saving money with our great value fares and without the hassle of finding a parking space.”

NESTRANS director Derick Murray said: “The service has been very successful to date with passenger numbers in excess of expectations and we are pleased that a new agreement is in place to ensure it continues in the long term.

“It’s an important part of our strategy to provide the travelling public with greater transport choice and the shuttle service does exactly that.”

The JET connect route complements the existing Jet 727 service which provides a direct bus link between the city centre, the rail station and bus station at Union Square with Aberdeen Airport and the news follows the recent Stagecoach announcement that the company has increased the frequency of the Jet 727 timetable.

The JET 727 route, which was launched back in August 2010, is the only direct bus link between Aberdeen City Centre and Aberdeen Airport with average journey times of just 28 minutes.

The route now carries around 16,000 passengers per month and was awarded the prestigious title of Best Bus Service 2011 at the Scottish Transport Awards in July 2011.

Both JET bus services offer comfortable travel options; vehicles are fitted with leather seats and free wi-fi and are low floor for easy access.

Full timetable information for both routes is available at www.stagecoachbus.com