The operator of Dublin Airport and Cork Airport, DAA, is seeking an operator to provide bus services to and from public long-term and staff car parks at Dublin Airport.
According to The Irish Independent, DAA said that it is seeking an operator for the services in a "request for information" that was published on the government's public tendering website.
It is understood that the contract for the current bus service to and from the car parks, which is operated by Aircoach, will end in 2021, and the new contract could be worth an estimated €30 million.
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The tender documents reportedly state that the appointed contractor could be required to fulfil additional future staff mobility requirements, which could include rail link services that may arise over the seven to ten year duration of the contract.
DAA Spokesperson Statement
The Irish Independent quotes a DAA spokesperson as saying, "Dublin Airport is seeking an operator to provide a bussing service for its long-term car parks and staff shuttle operations. The bussing services operate 24/7 365 days per year.
"The provision of an environmentally-sustainable bus service is a core element of the contract, and, given the likely substantial investment required in new bus technology, Dublin Airport intends to offer a seven year contract, which is longer than normal. The contract will also have the option of a further three years.
"The three long-term car parks at Dublin Airport have free shuttle buses to and from the terminals, while the staff shuttle services transport all airport staff - including DAA and other companies' employees - from staff car parks to the terminals."
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