Stena urge public to travel by sea
STENA Line is urging people to travel by ferry during 2011, following a year in which air travel experienced unprecedented disruption.
Last year saw millions of frustrated airline passengers stranded or delayed, mainly as a result of spring's infamous volcanic ash cloud and, more recently, some of the worst winter weather conditions on record.
With travel plans thrown into chaos across Ireland and Britain a result of grounded planes and airport closures, Stena Line increased its capacity and operated around the clock to come to the rescue of thousands of travellers desperate to reach their destination - including divas Whitney Houston and Shakira, pop group The Black Eyed Peas and local golf star Rory McIlroy.
On its Irish Sea routes, the company carried an additional 60,000 passengers as a result of the ash cloud situation alone. And the increase wasn't just temporary as soon after Stena Line experienced a surge in advance bookings with an estimated 50,000 additional passengers travelling during the summer months.
Over the Christmas holiday period, well over 100,000 passengers crossed the Irish Sea with Stena Line, an estimated 7,500 of which travelled as a result of their flights being delayed or cancelled.