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Manila International Airport Authority re-launched “Ube Express,” a point-to-point bus service

UBE Express bus (photo by ali vicoy) http://www.mb.com.ph
UBE Express bus (photo by ali vicoy) http://www.mb.com.ph

THE Manila International Airport Authority has re-launched the “Ube Express,” a premium point-to-point bus service that will bring passengers to and from the airport to different designated points in Metro Manila making travel more convenient.

According to Jess Martinez of the MIAA media affairs division, 21 new Mercedes-Benz 0500 U 1826 buses were deployed to the four Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals to ferry passengers to or from designated destination in Intramuros via Roxas Boulevard and the Makati Business District.

Martinez said the pick up and drop off points outside NAIA along Roxas Boulevard located at Midas Hotel, Hotel Jen, Manila Hotel, Mall of Asia and Entertainment City while the MBD have pick up and drop off points at Glorietta 4 and 5, and Ascott Hotel. He added that  the MIAA is planning to add new routes for the convenience of airline passengers while noting that even non-airline passengers are allowed to ride the bus.

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade has thanked the Air21 of the Lina’s Group of Company for its second launching of Ube Express with new buses.

The premium airport bus service would ferry passengers to and from all terminals of the NAIA, and it will operate on a 24-hour basis with a 20-minute interval. 

Its first bus launch on February this year using 45 rented air-conditioned buses was considered a flop.

The bus fare, which originally pegged at P300 during the first launch, was cut to P150.

Each bus amounting to P9.8 million have a 24-seating capacity that provide maximum comfort through cozy seats that are ergonomically designed and installed in an intelligent layout, providing more space in the bus interior, according to Air21 statement.

It has also with built-in Wifi, environment friendly, global positioning system, CCTV and have steward or stewardess in each coach.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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