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Coach firm creating up to 80 jobs as it reveals partnership with Belfast's Odyssey

By John Mulgrew

A coach company is planning to create 80 jobs as it reveals a new three-year partnership with the Odyssey in Belfast.

Hannon Coach is based in Aghalee, Co Antrim, and led by Aodh Hannon.

The business, which is part of the Hannon Group, will see the transport provider become the 'official coach partner' to The SSE Arena, Belfast, the Stena Line Belfast Giants and W5.

Hannon Coach is the firm which wanted to run a service operating between Belfast and Londonderry up to 20 times a day.

But the Department for Infrastructure has denied the firm a licence to operate the route.

It said it is "unable to issue a bus service permit" for a number of reasons.

Hannon Coach is the newly-formed business from long-established Co Armagh firm Hannon Transport, which turns over more than £20m a year.

Speaking about the new partnership with the Odyssey, Mr Hannon, said: "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.

"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."

It's adding 40 new jobs with plans for a further 40 by 2020.

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