Ferry travel 'makes a comeback'
26 January 2009 11:19
Frustrations over flying have resulted in a mini-boom for ferry companies, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
P&O Irish Sea has reported a 15 per cent increase in vehicle crossings, which translates to 2,500 extra cars per month crossing from Larne to Scotland, and a 6.7 per cent overall growth in passenger numbers.
Increasing numbers of people are also using the new Eurostar link from London and ferries from south coast ports such as Dover and Southampton, to travel over to the continent as concerns over green travel and costs rise.
Sales and marketing manager, James Esler, says that larger numbers of customers are choosing to book their fares, with 70 per cent of customers taking advantage of the company's online price structure.
Mr Esler is upbeat about the prospects for ferrying.
"2007 has been an exceptional year and we are predicting that 2008 will continue to see the trend back to ferry travel," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"Our customers know that travelling with us can be quicker and more convenient than flying, as well as better value for money," he added.
Ferry operators argue that travelling by sea is more convenient because it avoids delays at airports and baggage restrictions.