New double decker services for SA

A new double decker service from Adelaide Airport will commence in November

Double-decker buses will return to public transport system for the first time in more than 50 years, with a new JetExpress service between the airport and city to commence from November 10.

The return of a double-decker service comes after double-decker trolleybuses were removed from service in 1958.

The new, fully air-conditioned JetExpress bus seats 92 passengers and will be available for the cost of a normal metroticket fare.

South Australia Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan says with record numbers of international and interstate visitors passing through Adelaide Airport, these new services will give travellers an extra transport option to get to and from the airport.

 "It will enable us to carry more people between the airport and the city as more airlines and more flights continue to be added at the airport."

The JetExpress airport service will travel to and from the airport between 5am and 10am and 4pm and 9pm on weekdays.

The service will operate hourly and take approximately 25 minutes, providing 10 trips in the morning period and 10 in the evening.

The service will pick-up and drop off passengers on Grote Street adjacent the Central Market and Victoria Square, and proceed via Pulteney Street and North Terrace to cater for the major hotels within the CBD.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young expects the new double decker service to be popular with interstate and overseas visitors to SA.

"We’re Australia’s fastest growing capital city airport for international services, so there is certainly increased demand for an innovative, reliable public transport service between the airport and the city," he says.

"The new double-decker bus is something unique and different for our customers."

Adelaide Airport envisages over the next five years $1 billion in on-airport investment will occur, creating a further 3,500 jobs for a total on-site workforce of more than 12,000. 

The new double decker JetExpress service will add to current JetBus services already offered linking Adelaide Airport to Glenelg, West Beach and the city.

The service will be trialled for six months to see the time it takes people to board and alight, how customers respond to the service and how it compares with other existing services.

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