SkyBus and Uber have announced an integrated ‘front door to airport’ trial service for Auckland’s North Shore residents.
Launching today, the three-month trial will benefit those living in Albany, Milford, and Takapuna. By utilising express bus lanes and the accessibility of Uber, the scheme aims to provide a convenient and cost-effective solution for North Harbour residents travelling to the Auckland Airport.
During the trial, passengers who purchase Adult or Family SkyBus North Harbour Express tickets online will unlock 50 percent off trips with Uber, to and from SkyBus stops at Albany Westfield, Smales Farm, and Akoranga stations. From there, passengers can then board the SkyBus, which offers unlimited luggage, free Wi-Fi, and multi-lingual announcements.
“We are thrilled to announce the first privately funded airport mass transit and rideshare partnership in Australasia,” said SkyBus’ director Michael Sewards. “We chose the North Shore in NZ to trial the service as it solves many challenges for residents when planning travel to and from the airport.”
Amanda Gilmore, Uber’s country manager for New Zealand, said that more than a quarter of a million New Zealanders head to airports each month. “Uber will continue to help connect them to the moments that matter – at the start of their journey or for the entire trip. The SkyBus trial represents another layer of choice for riders – helping them select the option that best suits their needs.”