30/04/2002

Stena Line post “remarkable” first quarter figures

Leading Northern Ireland ferry company, Stena Line has revealed significant increases in both car and passenger levels on its Belfast-Stranraer route during the first quarter of 2002.

The company's latest figures show that car volumes have increased by 18 per cent and passenger volumes by nine per cent compared to the first 14 weeks of last year.

Almost 400,000 passengers have passed through Stena Line's Belfast terminal so far this year and Head of Marketing Paul Grant believes that things are looking good for a bumper year. He said: "We are delighted with the latest figures which are all the more remarkable when you consider the increased levels of competition and the abnormal weather conditions that we endured at the start of the year - the worst since we first operated out of Belfast.

"There are many different types of traveller’s in Northern Ireland, each with their own specific preferences and requirements. We have found that customers like to take their car when they travel because they find it both convenient and cost effective.

"Statistics have always shown that when someone travels on the Stena HSS, they are likely to travel four times that year. We have every confidence in our product and already our summer sales are looking strong."

Stena line is the market leader on the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Scotland, carrying more than its competitors combined. (MB)

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