Travellers accessing Manchester Airport can now take advantage of round-the-clock services on the 43 bus route which links the travel hub to the centre of town.
The Stagecoach service, which runs from Piccadilly Station every 30 minutes, will run on a 24-hour basis after operators reported increased passenger demand.
Airport authorities have encouraged the prolongation of the link’s running hours as part of a drive to improve environmentally-friendly transport links between Manchester Airport and the city centre.
The ground transport manager at the airport, Bob Longworth, even sported pyjamas to signal the arrival of the first night of 43 buses running round-the-clock.
"We want staff and passengers to come by rail, bus, tram, cycle and even walk if they can and extending the bus timetable makes that easier for more people to be able to do," Mr Longworth told the Crewe Guardian.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News reports that the PlusBus initiative, which slashes the cost of travel to the airport from central town for customers by around £4 each and covers First, Stagecoach, Arriva, National Express, Go-Ahead, and Blazefield services, has doubled sales in the last year.