Ferries attracting more and more passengers

Daily Echo: Ferries attracting more and more passengers Ferries attracting more and more passengers

PASSENGERS have been flocking to ferries, according to latest figures.

Britain's ferry operators carried more than 9.4m passengers in the first four months of this year, an increase of 3.5 per cent on the same period last year.

The statistics released by the Discover Ferries organisation reveal a continuing upward trend - good news for Southampton's Red Funnel Ferries and Hythe Ferry.

For January to April this year, all ferry route sectors reported growth, with crossings to continental Europe up 4.1 per cent to 4.45 million.

Figures for the whole of last year showed passenger numbers rising to 38 million, a 2.6 per cent increase on 2012.

The number of passenger cars carried by UK ferries increased by 2.4 per cent to 1.93 million, and coach numbers increased by 1.4 per cent to 39,650.

Discover Ferries director Bill Gibbons said: “This represents a positive and increasing growth trend for ferry traffic, following on from a strong 2013.

“Despite a stormy and wet and challenging opening to 2014, ferry passenger numbers have grown strongly since, with operators continuing to offer exceptionally competitive prices.”

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1:12pm Tue 27 May 14

S Pance says...

I had a sinking feeling but when I read it realised this is a ferry good article.
I had a sinking feeling but when I read it realised this is a ferry good article. S Pance
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3:31pm Tue 27 May 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

S Pance wrote:
I had a sinking feeling but when I read it realised this is a ferry good article.
Lot of Queens in Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: I had a sinking feeling but when I read it realised this is a ferry good article.[/p][/quote]Lot of Queens in Southampton. Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Tue 27 May 14

wossit says...

If they brought the price down it would be even busier !!!
If they brought the price down it would be even busier !!! wossit
  • Score: 2

8:56am Wed 28 May 14

Dai Rear says...

After finding that airports, despite all the nonsense of throwing your water away, and queuing for hours at "security" don't even bother to check passports so that criminals are flying with stolen passports, somehow the ferry seems much more attractive.
After finding that airports, despite all the nonsense of throwing your water away, and queuing for hours at "security" don't even bother to check passports so that criminals are flying with stolen passports, somehow the ferry seems much more attractive. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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