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Skybus Avalon Express

Postby Craig » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:57 am

Skybus set to take over the Southern Cross - Avalon route from February 1 - not clear from the media release if Sita has lost their contract or if they sold the route?

Those with good memories will recall Skybus prematurely announced their intention to operate to Avalon in 2004 when Jetstar started running flights, before it was announced Stia's Sunbus had secured the contract for the route.

Victorian Government wrote:SkyBus Arrives At Avalon Airport
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
16 December 2016

Transport
Media Release

In this Media Release
A new SkyBus service will run between Melbourne’s CBD and Avalon, making it quicker, easier and cheaper to get to the growing airport.
It’s another great win for Avalon Airport, just one year after the Andrews Labor Government secured its long-term future.
The SkyBus Avalon Express service begins on February 1.

A new SkyBus service will run between Melbourne’s CBD and Avalon, making it quicker, easier and cheaper to get to the growing airport.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Member for Lara, John Eren joined the SkyBus operators on the tarmac today to announce the new service.

It’s another great win for Avalon Airport, just one year after the Andrews Labor Government secured its long-term future.

Thanks to the Labor Government, Avalon Airport now offers Jetstar services to Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

There are now more than 900,000 seats to and from the Airport each year. That’s great for locals who work at the Airport and the entire region, which welcomes thousands of new visitors each year.

The SkyBus Avalon Express replaces existing services currently linking Avalon Airport and the city. Passengers will be able to use the new Airport Gateway facilities at Southern Cross Station, use free WI-FI and easily access ticketing options.

In just two years, the Labor Government has secured an additional 173,000 aeroplane seats for Victoria, which has an estimated economic impact of between $386 million and $575 million.

The SkyBus Avalon Express service begins on February 1.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Member for Lara John Eren

“Since we saved Avalon Airport it’s gone from strength to strength. This is fabulous news for the Airport and the local community.”

“SkyBus’ decision to extend its services to Avalon Airport is a vote of confidence in the region and the Airport.”

“Avalon is a gateway to some of our most prized tourist destinations. A busier Avalon Airport means visitors from around Australia coming to Victoria to see the best of everything we offer.”


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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby Roderick Smith » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:09 am

Any idea of the fare? It wouldn't be hard for the bus fare to equal the air fare.

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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby jarf » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:01 pm

^ $22 from Southern Cross. $19 from Werribee.
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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby burrumbus » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:19 pm

And it was sale from Sita to Skybus.
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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:12 pm

Craig wrote:Skybus set to take over the Southern Cross - Avalon route from February 1

So has it already taken place?
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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby burrumbus » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:33 pm

The take over is slated to occur in February,I believe,Lourie.
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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby Roderick Smith » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:32 am

170203F Melbourne 'Herald Sun' - Skybus to Avalon.

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Re: Skybus Avalon Express

Postby burrumbus » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:28 pm

Take over date by Skybus was 1/2/17.
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