Skybus buys NZ’s Airbus

Melbourne’s Skybus hops the ditch to acquire main bus service operator at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airbus has been bought out by the owners of Melbourne’s Skybus in a major international acquisition announced recently.

AATS Group, which owns Skybus, confirmed the acquisition of the Auckland-based operator Airbus Holdings Limited (AHL) this week.

AHL provides the dedicated Airbus service between Auckland Airport and the CBD, and has a large depot in Mangere, South Auckland.

AATS Group co-chief executives Michael Sewards and Adam Begg are excited about the new venture.

"We would like to thank the shareholders of AHL for this opportunity, and congratulate them on building such a successful airport transit solution for Auckland," Sewards says.

"We now look forward to working with AHL and their staff towards a successful transition of business."

The organisation is committed to delivering the same level of service it provides in Melbourne, but tailored to the needs of travellers in Auckland.

"Skybus NZ will look to apply our longstanding commitment and delivery of investment in customer experience, safety, staff training, a modern fleet and infrastructure to all aspects of our prospective Auckland airport operations," Sewards says.

"We also look forward to begin working with Auckland airport management to meet the passenger transport challenges of their rapidly growing airport."

Melbourne’s Skybus currently operates from depots based at Tullamarine and in the western suburbs, taking passengers between Southern Cross train station in Docklands and Melbourne Airport.

AATS is majority owned by Canadian superannuation firm OPTrust, an organisation with assets of $17.5 billion and about 86,000 members.

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