Stena urge pub­lic to travel by sea

Bray People - - MOTORS -

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.

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