Ube Express Premium Airport Bus Service in NAIA Now Operating
On February 17, 2016, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), in cooperation with Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Air21 launched the UBE Express in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The Ube Express is premium airport bus service that would ferry passengers to and fro all NAIA terminals.
Bus stops will designated along Terminals 1, 2, and 3 with two different routes. The first route will pass along Roxas Boulevard, with designated bus stops at Midas Hotel, Hotel Jen, Manila Hotel, Mall of Asia, and Entertainment City. The other route will pass along Makati Central Business District with designated bus stops along Glorietta 4 and Glorietta 5, and Ascott Hotel.
The Ube Express started operation on Thursday, February 18, 2016. There are six operational buses as of this time, and more buses will be added to complete the expected number of 42 buses by June. The buses are air-conditioned and equipped with closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV), Global Positioning System (GPS), and an on-board Wi-Fi facility. Each bus can accommodate 24 passengers including their baggage. Fare for the Ube Express is Php300, as approved by LTFRB. The Ube Express operates 24 hours, with a 20-minute interval for each trip.
“The MIAA welcomes this initiative that will guarantee enhanced travel experiences for our passengers. With the introduction of the premium bus service, passengers can expect shorter queues for transport vehicles at the curbside areas of the terminals,” Jose Angel Honrado, General Manager of Manila International Airport Authority said.
One of the clamors of commuters in NAIA is the poor service and lack of transportation vehicles. Not to mention the fraudulent and abusive accounts of some taxi drivers by passengers. Some NAIA taxi have dollar rate fare, which is way more expensive than what is registered on the meter. Some threaten their passengers even, hoping to elicit more money from them since they came from abroad. And in times of peak hours, the line for taxi service and car rental is very long.
While some people praised the DOTC and LTFRB for the project because of the convenience it provides for NAIA commuters, others criticize it for being too expensive. However, considering the model and facilities of the Ube Express Premium Airport Bus Service, and since it is fairly new, the fare is justifiable for others.
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