Llandudno-based Alpine Travel has become the first operator in North Wales to install air filtration systems in its tour coaches. The ActivFilter system used is more than 99% effective at eliminating airborne viruses.
ActivFilter includes an anti-viral layer. Alterations have also been made to the software that controls the coaches’ air-conditioning units. Such a change increases the volume of fresh air that is drawn in by 33%. When combined with the filters, the air inside each coach is changed every two minutes, the company says.
Says Alpine Travel Managing Director Chris Owens: “We have been working to ensure that, as we move forward and out of the pandemic, our vehicles provide a safe and welcoming environment for our passengers as they rediscover the delights of travelling by coach once again.
“Installing this filtration system in our vehicles will ensure that we are able to alleviate any anxiety that our passengers might have about travelling on our coaches. It is a great step forward. We believe that it is our responsibility to our customers to give them the best travel experience possible. The investment we are making now will benefit all our passengers for years to come.”
ActivFilter has been on the market for over a decade. More recently it has been tested with COVID-19. Results showed a 99.7% effectiveness against the virus.