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P&O Ferries abandons its Larne-Troon service because of continuing losses

P&O Ferries has closed its loss-making Larne-Troon route with immediate effect, but confirmed it will continue to operate its full Larne-Cairnryan route services throughout 2016 and into the future.

image P&O Ferries has operated the seasonal Larne-Troon route since 2003, but continuing losses, with income from ticket sales failing to cover the annual vessel and port operating costs, made closure inevitable.

In a final attempt to make the route economic the company reduced the service in the off-peak months last year, while maintaining the full service in the peak months of July and August, but although significantly reducing the operating costs, the route remained loss-making.

In a statement, P&O Ferries said yesterday: “Since the last sailing at the end of September, P&O Ferries has continued to negotiate with a number of suppliers and other organisations, including the search for a lower cost chartered fast-craft to be able to continue, but we have been unable to develop a solution for the company.

“The company believes that this decision will enable a more secure future for its employees and for its customers on the Northern Corridor. There will be no redundancies, with all permanent staff being found alternative roles.”

For customers, the company confirmed that in 2016 the P&O Larne-Cairnryan service will continue to operate up to seven sailings each way every day of the year, maintaining its reliable service for freight, tourist and domestic customers, on what is still the shortest and most frequent crossing between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The purpose-built European Highlander (pictured above) and European Causeway vessels will also be undergoing £500,000 of on-board improvements over the next 18 months, and before Easter this year will be adding over 50 seats to each ship, as well as upgrading or updating a number of the passenger areas and facilities, including the provision of “Free Wi-Fi that Works”, and using more locally sourced produce and recipes for the food courts.

Posted on 14th January 2016 at 09:49 am in Ferry Operators | P&O Ferries | Ferry News |


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