National Statistics on sea passengers 2006 Q1
The Department for Transport has today published National Statistics on sea passengers travelling on short-sea routes, for the first quarter of 2006.
During the first quarter there were:
3.6 million international sea passenger journeys to and from the UK, four per cent lower than the corresponding quarter last year.
2.2 million international passenger journeys through Dover (61 per cent of all international passenger journeys), eight per cent higher than the corresponding quarter last year.
There were 0.3 million international journeys through Holyhead, the next largest port for international sea passenger traffic (20 per cent lower than the same quarter last year).
0.4 million domestic sea passenger journeys between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, 11 per cent lower than the corresponding quarter last year.
For comparison, during the same period there were 3.1 million passenger journeys through the Channel Tunnel (11 per cent lower than the corresponding quarter last year).
NOTES TO EDITORS
Information on sea passenger traffic (the number of passenger arrivals and departures to and from UK ports and associated number of sailings, by route) is collected by the Department for Transport from UK ferry operators and agents in a statutory survey.
Information given for 2006 is provisional. Sea passenger information is seasonal and the figures given are not seasonally adjusted.
Information on sea passenger traffic is also published in Maritime Statistics and Transport Statistics Great Britain. Summary quarterly information is published by the Office for National Statistics in the Monthly Digest of Statistics.
The next quarterly release will be published on Thursday 7th September 2006.