A Glasgow Flyer outside Buchanan Bus Station
|Slogan||Committed to delivering a better service|
Buchanan bus station
|Fleet||11 Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse|
|Operator||Arriva Scotland West|
The Glasgow Flyer was a branded airport bus service in Glasgow, Scotland. It connected Glasgow Airport to central Glasgow, operating as a shuttle bus via the M8 motorway. In Glasgow city centre it operated from the Buchanan bus station, also calling at Glasgow's two mainline railway termini. It was formerly operated under contract to airport operator BAA until 31 December 2010, but the ongoing contract to operate the service was given to First Glasgow from 1 January 2011 and operated as a scheduled Arriva service. The Glasgow Flyer service was discontinued 31 July 2011.
The original bus service to Glasgow Airport was route 905, which was operated by Fairline Coaches under contract to Scottish Citylink, and ran a similar route. Arriva also ran extra buses on this route. All buses were in the Scottish Citylink yellow and blue colours, although the timetable stated buses in Fairline's livery may be used on the service at times. In February 2007, the 905 was re-launched with increased frequency and a new livery.
The Glasgow Flyer was announced on 1 June 2007, with a start date of 9 July, and subsequently route 905 was withdrawn. Fairline Coaches instead started a competing independently run service, Glasgow Airport Link, using route number 905. In July 2008, Fairline Coaches sold its Glasgow City Centre - Glasgow Airport route 905 to First Glasgow; this service no longer runs.
In late 2009, two of the vehicles used on the service were painted in Arriva's standard livery, to be used on other routes, mainly the X23 run in competition with McGill's Bus Services. In January 2010 the service ceased to be operated under contract to BAA as the tender was awarded to First Glasgow to continue the BAA branded airport express service under the new name Glasgow Shuttle. However, Arriva continued to operate the Glasgow Flyer in competition with the official provider without BAA support, albeit with a revised livery.
Arriva invested £1.5 million on 11 new buses for the service. The vehicles are Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipses, in a lime green, black and white livery. Each vehicle emits 13% less carbon emissions than the previous buses used on the service. They were expected in service in November 2007, but the first was launched on 4 December 2007 at Glasgow Airport. Between the new buses arriving and service starting, a fleet of Plaxton Centros was used, alongside conventional Arriva buses with branding for the service. The Centros are now on standard Arriva routes. An Optare MetroRider had been painted into the Glasgow Flyer livery for staff transport duties.
The service operated at 24-hour service, 7 days a week and all year, with prices lower than the equivalent taxi fare. The service ran every 10 minutes at daytime.
Each vehicle had WiFi equipment fitted, offered to passengers free of charge, enabling them to access the internet as they traveled.
The vehicles had leather seats, and each had a 3-tier luggage rack. Each bus also had a journey information system, which announced the bus stop the vehicle was due to arrive at shortly before it arrived. It also notified of train and subway stations, hotels and shopping streets.
Route departing city centre
Route departing airport
- Fotopic image - A Fairline Coaches bus operating the old 905[permanent dead link] Accessed 23 April 2008
- Fotopic image - An Arriva bus operating the previous 905 route[permanent dead link] Accessed 23 April 2008
- Fotopic image - An Arriva bus in newer 905 livery[permanent dead link] Accessed 23 April 2008
- Arriva press release - "Glasgow Flyer announced" Archived 7 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 23 April 2008
- Glasgow Flyer website Accessed 10 September 2011
- Arriva press release - "Buses launched" Archived 9 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 23 April 2008
- Fotopic image - A Plaxton Centro being temporarily used on the service[permanent dead link] Accessed 23 April 2008
- Fotopic image - A standard Arriva bus with branding for the 500 service[permanent dead link] Accessed 23 April 2008
- Fotopic image - Plaxton Centro now on normal routes[permanent dead link] Accessed 26 March 2008
- Fotopic image - The Glasgow Flyer staff transport Optare MetroRider[permanent dead link] Accessed 26 March 2008
- Glasgow Flyer - Service information Accessed 23 April 2008
- Arriva bus timetable - Glasgow Flyer 500 Accessed 23 April 2008