UK ferry market trends first half 2016

27 Jul 2016

Domestic Ferries

In the first six months of 2016 there were 7.115 million passengers on domestic ferry routes. This was an increase of 3.7% over the same period in 2015. However, the growth was not across the board. It was the total of the Scottish routes counted excluding Northlink that were primarily responsible for the increase. The Isle of Man and Channel Island sectors contracted while the Isle of Wight routes plateaued at 3.915 million passengers.

UK Ireland and UK Continent

The UK Ireland and the UK Continent sectors contracted slightly over the six months but it was not across the board. The variability of the trends by route sector is a reflection of the route profile of passengers, weather conditions, social unrest, the economy, competition, political instability and exchange rates among other factors. Considering the negative influences on the market, the UK passenger ferry industry did well to contract by only 0.6% in 2015 when, for example, UK continent sailings were down 8.5%.

Some good summer weather, an improved economy and stability are required for the UK passenger ferry industry to claw back some of its lost passengers in the second half of the year.

Visit our Travel/Transport reports page for details of some of our reports. These reports include monthly Ferrytstat and Freightstat reports as well as the annual UK Ferry Market report, the authorative statistics on the UK passenger ferries.

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IRN Team