Coach firm creates 40 jobs in Odyssey Trust deal

Steve Thornton of Belfast Giants, Judith Harvey, Odyssey Trust Company, Neil Walker, SSE Arena pictured with and Aodh Hannon, Hannon Coach
Steve Thornton of Belfast Giants, Judith Harvey, Odyssey Trust Company, Neil Walker, SSE Arena pictured with and Aodh Hannon, Hannon Coach

Transport firm the Hannon Group is to create 40 new jobs with the launch of new business as a result of a new partnership with the Odyssey Trust.

Hannon Coach will operate a three year commercial partnership with the Trust which will see it become the ‘official coach partner’ to The SSE Arena, Belfast, the Stena Line Belfast Giants and W5.

The firm has worked closely with the Odyssey transport management team to provide an passenger drop-off facility and an express exit route for its coaches in a bid to encourage the use of fewer cars.

The plan is designed to maximise the speed at which customers can access and depart events.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Odyssey Trust which will see our business providing high quality transportation to the Odyssey site from key locations across Northern Ireland,” said managing director Aodh Hannon.

“The drop-off and express exit routes are central to the accessible and efficient service we are looking forward to providing.

“We will be operating regular and pre-bookable transportation links which we want to become a real alternative to taking the car.”

Headquartered in Aghalee with further facilities in Templepatrick, Dublin and the Netherlands, the firm has more than 20 years’ experience in transport and logistics.

It hopes the new venture aims to create 80 jobs in Hannon Coach before 2020 and the move brings its total number of employees to around 350.

“This terrific partnership with Hannon Coach will bring increased transport options to the Odyssey site,” said Nigel Robbins, Commercial Director for The Odyssey Trust.

“We want to make it easy, safe and as convenient as possible for our customers to visit on a regular basis, for high profile events and frequent visits to the site. Hannon Coach offers a high quality service, one of Northern Ireland’s youngest and most modern fleet of coaches. As a family business they are committed to customer service excellence. We look forward to working with them.”