So much for post-Brexit gloom: so much for the staycation summer. Figures released by Brittany Ferries today show a significant increase in the number of holiday-makers leaving the UK, to relax on the continent.
From June to August, the premium 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 most convenient choice when travelling to continental Europe by car.”
About Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries is a passenger car and freight service operating from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France. The company was set up by a collective of French farmers as a freight-only operator, running from Roscoff in Brittany to Plymouth with the first crossing taking place on 1 January 1973, the date the United Kingdom joined the EEC (forerunner to the EU).
The aim then was to bring French agricultural products to a wider British market. However, the service quickly developed into an operation carrying hundreds of thousands of British tourists, eager to experience the delights of Brittany and Normandy. Today Brittany Ferries is the market leader on the Western Channel for passengers and for freight. It is also a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain. Further information can be found by visiting: www.brittanyferries.com.
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