As demand for post-covid domestic travel grows, a direct airport coach service from Cardiff has been added back onto the National Express network of scheduled coach services. The 216 service from Cardiff to Bristol Airport will run five times each way every day via Newport and Bristol.
The route has been reintroduced as part of the UK’s largest coach operator’s return to the road after a three month suspension in response to covid-19.
Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach, explains: “Our iconic white fleet restarted services on 1 July, running at a reduced frequency with a focus on major towns and cities.
“Overall demand and bookings have been really positive and the level of requests for travel has meant we can now also add this direct airport service back on the network.”
“We’re working hard to help people travel safely and will continue to add new services and increase frequency on existing routes.
“Our significant covid-secure measures including reduced capacity, temperature screening and additional air conditioning filters, allow customers to travel in confidence. And we’ve also introduced the option to amend the date, time and journey origin and destination free of charge if circumstances change.
“It’s great to be back on the road and playing our part in getting the country safely moving again by providing a safe option for those who have no alternative to public transport.”
Simon Earles, Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, said: “We are delighted to see the return of the National Express coach service between Cardiff and Bristol Airport via Newport and the city of Bristol.
“The service will enhance our sustainable methods of transport to and from Bristol Airport. It is great to see the customer demand on this route increasing and the service will contribute to reducing our carbon emissions and reaching our target of being carbon neutral by 2025.
“It’s important to ensure customers feel safe when travelling. We have the measures in place at the Airport with Safe journeys start here, our three step plan, Get ready> Stay safe> Let’s travel> providing the extra Covid reassurance to customers to facilitate safe travel and allow customers to fly with confidence.”