LTFRB selects first operator of airport shuttle

LTFRB selects first operator of airport shuttle image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Wikimedia - Mithril Cloud | posted August 13, 2015 08:01

Airfreight 2100 Inc. bags airport shuttle service contract

Commuters going to and coming from the airport are one step closer to having a public shuttle service that will make the trip to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) faster and easier.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has just accredited Airfreight 2100 Inc. and offered the company owned by Bureau of Customs Commissioner Albert Lina a five-year contract to operate the airport’s first premium airport bus service.

Two other companies submitted bids, JAM Liner, Inc. and Froehlich Tours, Inc., but were beat out after failing to complete the minimum requirements. These companies may re-apply for the second phase of the program that covers the route from NAIA to Bonifacio Global City.

The initial phase will cover the 24-kilometer route between NAIA Terminal 1, 2 and 3 to Roxas Boulevard/SM Mall of Asia & Entertainment City in Pasay City, and the 18-kilometer route from NAIA 1, 2 and 3 and the Makati Central Business District.

Airfreight 2100 Inc. is required by the Board’s memorandum circular to invest Php 420 million and make available 21 buses within the next six months but the company has indicated that they will be able to start operations even before the end of the year.

In full swing, Airfreight 2100 Inc. must be able to operate 42 airport buses with a 24-passenger capacity each between 4am to 12mn on both routes. The fare is estimated at Php 300and each bus must have closed-circuit television cameras, Wi-Fi, an automated bus arrival electronic display, and a public address system. All routes must have a maximum of five stops only.