Ferries see rise of motorists holidaying abroad
So much for post-Brexit gloom: so much for the staycation summer. Figures released by Brittany Ferries this month show a significant increase in the number of holiday-makers leaving the UK, to relax on the continent.
From June to August, the cross-channel ferry operator carried 392,446 cars on its routes to France and Spain. That represents a 4.4% or 16,436 vehicle increase, compared with the same period in 2015. In terms of passenger numbers, Brittany Ferries carried 1.195 million people, an increase of 1.1%
Portsmouth – the company’s international hub – recorded a second consecutive record summer for passenger numbers. Seventy percent of Brittany Ferries customers travel via the city, and from June to August, 828,492 people came through the port on crossings to Le Havre, Caen, Cherbourg (on its high speed service) and St Malo in France, as well as to Bilbao and Santander in Spain.
Services from Poole and Plymouth also reported robust passenger numbers with 319,617 passengers carried during the summer season, compared with 320,013 in 2015. Furthermore, the company also reported a record day in its 43-year history. On 13 August, 21,900 passengers were carried on all routes to France, Spain and Ireland.
“It’s been a storming season for Brittany Ferries, one that has flown in the face of post-Brexit blues,” said Mike Bevens Brittany Ferries group commercial director. “Passenger numbers are up and we’re no longer the best kept secret on the Western Channel. Today, we are the most attractive alternative to no-frills airlines and the most convenient choice when travelling to continental Europe by car.”