The removal of Wellington’s only direct airport bus services from the region’s bus network may lead to more congestion on roads, a local MP says.
Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller
The Airport Flyer, a commercial service run by NZ Bus, will still operate but won’t show up on information boards or the Metlink website and is no longer taking Snapper.
NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames said that the company wanted to stay with Metlink.
“That wasn’t technically possible and in conversations with Greater Wellington Regional Council they were unable to allow us to remain connected to that system given that we were having to move to another ticketing provider.”
The decision will reflect poorly on Wellington and may lead to more congestion, Rongotai MP Paul Eagle said.
“I’m surprised as the capital city of New Zealand that we’re not going to be promoting our bus service and it isn’t going to be linked up or integrated in terms of having a ticketing aspect, and we’ll ultimately pay the price where visitors become frustrated, and instead of looking at the buses as an alternative, they’ll revert to the all mighty car.