Cheap flight fightback by port

Contributed by editor on Jan 23, 2005 - 01:02 AM


The Port of Dover is stepping up its capacity with two new berths as the ferry industry fights back from competition from “no frills� airlines.

The port carried over 14 million passengers, 2.5 million tourist cars and 128,000 coaches on its ferry routes to Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne in 2004 and is supporting a campaign to highlight the benefits of travelling by ferry to France, including the convenience of packing and driving your car direct from home to your destination.

“This year we will be operating up to 70 departures a day to the Northern French ports,� said Kate O’Hara, the port’s Head of Commercial and Marketing. “Dover offers the shortest and fastest ferry routes to France and the crossing is viewed by many of our customers as part of the holiday.�

P&O Ferries and SeaFrance operate conventional ferry services to Calais and NorfolkLine to Dunkerque, whilst Hoverspeed operate a Seacat to Calais and SpeedFerries a Seacat to Boulogne.