THE success of a new direct luxury coach service between Belfast and Glasgow has encouraged operator Hannon Coach to expand the service to include other towns across Northern Ireland.
County Armagh-based company Hannon Coach launched its Glasgow Express in February this year and, following a highly successful first six months, the company is now planning to introduce further direct services between the popular Scottish city and many of Northern Ireland’s main towns, including Enniskillen, Coleraine, Ballymena, Londonderry, Cookstown, Strabane and Newcastle.
Hannon Coach’s Glasgow Express service is the only direct city to city through-coach service (ie, using the same coach for the entire journey) from Northern Ireland, operating twice daily in both directions.
Company director Aodh Hannon claims that the service has attracted a lot of customers who might previously have flown and believes there is a lot of room for further growth.
“People have responded really well to the service and love the fact that it’s so hassle-free compared to flying and that there’s no extra charge for luggage,” said Mr Hannon.
“With this in mind, over the summer we piloted an extension of the service to include both Sprucefield and Lurgan and we are now looking at introducing additional services to and from Glasgow with one-stop connections from local towns across Northern Ireland.
“We have submitted applications for all of these new services to the Department for Infrastructure and hopefully we will receive the green light soon, so we can get the services up and running as soon as possible,” he added.
o For more information on the Glasgow Express, as well as other packages and services visit hannoncoach.com.