Brittany Ferries

Freight traffic on Brittany Ferries is set to increase by 15% on routes from the UK to Spain, the ferry operator is predicting.

The company said it had seen a major decline in passenger traffic during a “season to forget” but that freight levels had stayed steady during the period, despite the impact of Covid-19.

The ferry operator, which serves France, Spain, Ireland and the UK, added that there had been positive signs from the marketplace with several major customers indicating plans to increase business next year.

It is predicting this could see an additional 15% of freight traffic on routes connecting the UK with Spain and 15% on its Ireland to Spain link. In total the company carries about 210,000 units across its 12-route network each year.

Simon Wagstaff, group freight director, said: “The Brittany Ferries freight team has worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 crisis to guarantee the supply of essential products like food and medicine.

“It’s an important part of our portfolio because freight comprises around a quarter of the company’s annual turnover and our customers rely on us to maintain essential cross-border links.

“Based on the reaction of the marketplace - and the support of our loyal freight customers – we are looking forward to a positive 2021.”