Ferry figures sailing ahead

Andover Advertiser: Britain's ferry operators carried more than 9.4 million passengers in the first four months of this year Britain's ferry operators carried more than 9.4 million passengers in the first four months of this year

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

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

The statistics released by the Discover Ferries organisation reveal a continuing upward trend. Figures for the whole of last year showed passenger numbers rising to 38 million, a 2.6% increase on 2012.

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

The number of passenger cars carried by UK ferries increased by 2.4% to 1.93 million, and coach numbers increased by 1.4% 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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2:26pm Tue 27 May 14

varteg1 says...

I think it time to look into the way ferry companies set their fares.

A ferry trip can range in fare from as little as 30 quid to 190 quid for the same journey.

Another scam is their tactic of charging more if you stay for a couple of weeks, instead of a couple of days.

Recently I looked at fares for September, if I went for three days, keep in kind it is just two legs, there and back, no matter the time actual spent on the Continent, I was quoted 29 quid each way from Portsmouth to Le Havre, but as I wanted to go for three weeks, the quote rose to 190 quid.

Just what is the logic in this, I book well in advance, so why the difference? It's not as though by booking well in advance, three days or three weeks, I am depriving someone else of a passage.
Attempting to get an answer from the Ferry firms is impossible, all you get is a refusal to discuss it by telephone, and e mails, even snail mail, gets no logical response if any even.

The Tunnel is just as bad.

Maybe a director of any ferry firm will read this and respond with the answer I need.
I think it time to look into the way ferry companies set their fares. A ferry trip can range in fare from as little as 30 quid to 190 quid for the same journey. Another scam is their tactic of charging more if you stay for a couple of weeks, instead of a couple of days. Recently I looked at fares for September, if I went for three days, keep in kind it is just two legs, there and back, no matter the time actual spent on the Continent, I was quoted 29 quid each way from Portsmouth to Le Havre, but as I wanted to go for three weeks, the quote rose to 190 quid. Just what is the logic in this, I book well in advance, so why the difference? It's not as though by booking well in advance, three days or three weeks, I am depriving someone else of a passage. Attempting to get an answer from the Ferry firms is impossible, all you get is a refusal to discuss it by telephone, and e mails, even snail mail, gets no logical response if any even. The Tunnel is just as bad. Maybe a director of any ferry firm will read this and respond with the answer I need. varteg1
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3:26pm Tue 27 May 14

varteg1 says...

Forgot to mention........

The often quoted excuse for higher fares, especially in school holiday times is the 'demand'.

How does 'demand' come into it in setting fares. First come, first served, or are these firms operating some sort of 'selective' method that precludes certain travellers according to their particulars. If they have to operate a service and can charge say.. 30 quid, by what stretch of the imagination cane they then simply raise that charge because many more wish to avail themselves of their service.

If they can run their service at a certain rate, then they can do it for the same rate all the time.

Can you imagine the uproar if Tesco double, tripled or quadrupled the price of bread according tom the amounts they sold at certain times?
Forgot to mention........ The often quoted excuse for higher fares, especially in school holiday times is the 'demand'. How does 'demand' come into it in setting fares. First come, first served, or are these firms operating some sort of 'selective' method that precludes certain travellers according to their particulars. If they have to operate a service and can charge say.. 30 quid, by what stretch of the imagination cane they then simply raise that charge because many more wish to avail themselves of their service. If they can run their service at a certain rate, then they can do it for the same rate all the time. Can you imagine the uproar if Tesco double, tripled or quadrupled the price of bread according tom the amounts they sold at certain times? varteg1
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