Porirua - airport bus link should fly

BY MATTHEW DALLAS
Last updated 11:13 12/02/2013

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When I first moved to the region I always thought it was strange the Airport Flyer bus serviced the Hutt Valley, but completely snubbed Porirua.

Locals, of course, have still had the options of driving to the airport and paying for long term parking (ouch), a taxi (double ouch) or training to Wellington station and catching the Flyer there.

It wasn't until I had children I realised what a hassle the latter would be. If I was ever to contemplate juggling luggage and small children between a bus and train, it would have been before I attempted a similar feat getting bags and bawling babes from the domestic to international terminal at Sydney Airport.

Never again. I will pay through the nose, eyeball or ear for the sake of my sanity.

But not everyone has that luxury.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi last week raised the idea of the Airport Flyer including Porirua, and it received some media attention and a lot of support on our Facebook page.

That NZ Bus, who runs the flyover, recently cut Upper Hutt out of its loop, and reduced the frequency of stops in Lower Hutt, would suggest Mr Faafoi is in for an uphill battle.

Greater Wellington regional councillor Peter Glensor thought it would be a great idea but NZ Bus had always been ''hesitant'' about its viability.

Really? Many Porirua travellers would pay double the $12 charged to Hutt folk as an alternative to $100 taxi rides and hefty airport parking costs.

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