Charlottetown motels launch shuttle service to airport

Beginning Wednesday, passengers arriving at Charlottetown Airport will be capable of hop on a shuttle for transportation to 12 motels within the metropolis.

John Cudmore, president of the Resort Affiliation of Prince Edward Island, stated with the rise within the variety of flights coming into the airport as pandemic restrictions ease, and a scarcity of floor transportation away from the airport, establishing a shuttle made sense.

“We’re listening to from our company that they are having hassle getting transportation into town from the airport, and everyone knows we’re listening to in regards to the automobile rental scarcity,” Cudmore stated.

“We will begin off with one shuttle,” he stated. “We do not know what the traction can be for it. There’s sure days when there’s lots of people arriving on the Charlottetown airport, and it is key that we now have a way of getting them to Charlottetown.”

Man wearing glasses, suit jacket and dress shirt stands in a hotel corridor.
The lodge affiliation was in search of an answer to a scarcity of floor transportation on the airport, says John Cudmore. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

To start out with, the service will run Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 am to 1 pm and three:30 pm to eight:30 pm, to match peak flight instances on the airport. The fare can be $6 per particular person or $20 per household.

The service will cowl 5 motels on Capital Drive and 7 within the downtown.

“A lodge shuttle service is one thing that is form of customary or regular on the bigger airports, and other people nearly count on there to be an choice to get downtown by means of some form of shuttle service,” stated Charlottetown Airport CEO Doug Newson.

“We’ll nonetheless have taxis accessible, and we all know lots of people will use the taxi service, however the shuttle service can be there for these which are heading to a lodge within the Charlottetown space and would really like that possibility.”

The preliminary plan is for the service to run till Sept. 4.

The pilot undertaking is a partnership of the lodge affiliation, the Metropolis of Charlottetown, the Charlottetown Airport Authority and Coach Atlantic, which is able to provide the automobiles and drivers.