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Calais problems boost Portsmouth ferry traffic on the Western Channel route to France

The Calais migrant crisis has resulted in a boom in passenger numbers on the Western Channel route to France.

Increased passenger numbers at Portsmouth International Port helped boost the UK ferry industry, despite challenges faced at other British ports, according to
the he latest “Ferrystat” figures from Discover Ferries, the industry group representing most UK ports and operators.

Cap Finistere of Brittany Ferries
Passenger numbers of Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistere rose in 2015

The figures show an overall increase of motorists using ferries, with 1.3 per cent more cars carried in 2015.

But it was Portsmouth that benefited the most. Because of the well-publicised issues on routes to and from Calais, the report shows many passengers chose alternative ferry routes to the continent in 2015 which resulted in good growth of 3.4 per cent (2.94 million passengers) on the Western channel routes to France principally served by Brittany Ferries.

The operator, based at Portsmouth International Port, saw an impressive rise in cars too, with the number of passenger vehicles carried up by 5.8 per cent to 990,000.

Domestic routes also saw good growth. The report highlights destinations such as the Channel Islands and Isle of Wight, both reached from Portsmouth International Port, among the top-performing sector in 2015.

Reflecting on the figures, Bill Gibbons, director of Discover Ferries, said: “ It demonstrates the broad reach and appeal of the ferry industry and how operators can work together in challenging times. We expect a further surge in customer interest when the industry comes together again to promote National Ferry Fortnight (5 - 19 March) with offers to appeal to ferry first timers, and those trying a new ferry route with their car for the first time.”

Posted on 3rd February 2016 at 02:25 pm in Ferry Operators | Brittany Ferries | Ferry News |

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