PSA announces passenger increase

PSA announces passenger increase

The Passenger Shipping Association has announced that 28.36 million passengers travelled by ferry in the first nine months of this year, a 1.2% increase on the same period in 2009. Cars also increased by the same percentage to 6.48 million, with the number of coaches showing the greatest rise, up 5% to 115,870. “The latest ferry figures demonstrate a renewed interest in ferry travel and include the dramatic contribution made by ferries during the ash cloud crisis,” said The Passenger Shipping Association’s William Gibbons. “Stena’s huge commitment to service improvement with the launch of Stena Britannica, together with service initiatives from virtually all our members, illustrates the strong commitment to ferry travel.” Other significant ferry developments announced recently include the introduction by Fastnet of a service between Swansea and Cork, the launch of a new Portsmouth-Bilbao route in March 2011 by Brittany Ferries, the merger this summer of Norfolkline and DFDS to become DFDS Seaways serving routes to most of Northern Europe; the introduction of a new ferry by LD Lines, the Norman Leader, on the Portsmouth-Le Havre route from May 2011, and the introduction this summer of a totally refitted Condor Splendide catamaran ferry on the Channel Islands routes.

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