Passengers travelling to and from Glasgow Airport have the opportunity to travel on the recently launched Glasgow Airport Express fleet, which links the Airport with the city centre.
The service is operated by First Glasgow, which has invested £2.1 million in 10 state-of-the-art
vehicles and re-branded the service that will transport passengers to
their destination in both comfort and style.
The Glasgow Airport
Express buses also feature the latest technology including complementary
4G Wi-Fi, USB charging points that will enable customers to charge
their phones and tablets while on the move and cutting-edge audio-visual
display screens providing a tailored welcome video combined with next
stop information and announcements.
First Glasgow has also upgraded Stance 1 at Glasgow Airport, where
customers board the service. Benefits include improved signage and a new
quicker queuing system with customer agents helping passengers,
answering questions and selling tickets at the stance to speed up
The fleet’s dedicated team of staff have been issued with smart new
branded black and white uniforms accented by neck scarves and ties in
same signal violet shade that forms the basis of the new bus livery.
The vehicles, built at Alexander Dennis Ltd in Falkirk, feature some
of the industry’s most advanced engineering including the latest Euro VI
engines, which produce 95% less oxides of nitrogen compared to buses
with Euro V engines and will help to improve air quality in Glasgow.
Previously known as the Glasgow Shuttle, the Glasgow Airport Express is
the fastest link to and from Glasgow Airport, transporting passengers
from the airport to the city centre in just 15 minutes. Buses operate
around the clock, 24 hours a day seven days a week for 364 days of the
year with a main day frequency of up to 10 minutes.
Passenger numbers on the airport service have risen from 12,000 to
15,500 per week – an increase of almost 30% - since First Glasgow began
operating the route in January 2011. At the beginning of the year, First
Glasgow’s contract to deliver the route was renewed until 2021.
Fiona Kerr, Managing Director of First Glasgow, said: “We’re
really excited about the launch of our new Glasgow Airport Express
fleet - it’s brilliant news for our customers, who we’re sure will enjoy
these specially designed sleek, modern and comfortable vehicles fitted
with the latest technology.
“Our sophisticated new fleet is designed to give customers an experience
that reflects the very best in quality, design and comfort, which
together with excellent customer service represents outstanding value
for money. I’m really delighted with the look, feel and added extras
that we’ve fitted to the vehicles.
“I believe that the re-brand coupled with the state of the art new
vehicles makes the Glasgow Airport Express the best bus service in
“I’m very pleased with the strong growth we’ve already achieved on the
Glasgow Airport route and as our investment in our next generation
Glasgow Airport Express fleet shows, we’re determined to build on our
success and encourage more people to use the service.”
She added: “As a Scottish-based business, I’m extremely proud that our
Glasgow Airport Express buses were manufactured in Falkirk by another
Scottish-based business, Alexander Dennis Ltd and who worked closely
with us to deliver a bus designed around our specific requirements. By
investing in Scottish engineering, we are supporting jobs and skills
that will help to maintain our country’s world-leading reputation for
John McConnell, Head of Commercial at Glasgow Airport, said:
“With air passenger numbers continuing to grow at Glasgow Airport, we
welcome First Glasgow’s investment in the Glasgow Airport route and its
commitment to encouraging more travellers to use the service. The sleek
design and enhanced facilities offered by the Glasgow Airport Express
will help to improve the air passenger experience and boost connectivity
to Glasgow and the wider Central Belt region.”
Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis Limited, said: “We
are delighted that ADL is First Glasgow’s sole bus supplier this year.
We take this as a ringing endorsement of our product quality,
aftermarket support and partnership with the team at First Glasgow.
“We have collaborated closely to deliver these brand new vehicles which
combine the latest Euro VI engines with cutting edge smart technology to
further reduce CO2 emissions and optimise fuel economy. The premium
interior specification with high back luxury seating, ambient lighting
and USB ports at all seats will contribute to a first class passenger
The superior technology available on the Glasgow Airport Express fleet
reflects the commitment by First Glasgow to deliver a customer centric
service that is simple, smart and seamless, with all customers able to
use their mobile phones as bus tickets through the company’s m-Ticket
option. The company’s drive for innovative customer friendly
improvements will continue through 2016/17.
The Glasgow Airport Express connects the Airport with the city centre
calling at Central Station, Queen Street Station and Buchanan Bus
Station. Services operate 24/7 and at peak times every ten minutes. The
journey from the Airport to the city centre takes just 15 minutes and to
Buchanan St Bus Station, 25 minutes. For more information about the
service visit www.firstgroup.com/glasgow.