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2nd May 2014 - Press Release

Port sees growth over key Easter period



The timing of Easter might ebb and flow like the tides, but what is clear is that the flow of tourist customers choosing Europe's busiest ferry port is growing as the Port of Dover's work to transform customer service continues.

Comparing the March-April period for 2013 with 2014 in order to capture the earlier Easter last year and the later holiday this year, the Port accommodated 5% more cars and 2.3% more coaches compared to 2013. 

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Port plays an important role in getting families off to a great start when heading off for their Easter holidays.  This year has been no exception. 

“In fact, the growth in traffic over the key Easter period shows that the brilliant customer service we are committed to delivering with our major ferry business partners and the shared vision of delivering the best port in the world is ringing true with our customers who deserve a brilliant break.”

Such good tourist customer results are on top of almost 10% growth in freight vehicles over the same period.

Mr Waggott added: “We already handle £89 billion of trade each year.  Seeing such positive growth on top of a 13% growth in freight vehicles last year shows how customers increasingly rely on us to get them where they need to go – whether it is goods to European markets or people to great holiday destinations.”

Brian Rees, Head of Press & Public Relations, P&O Ferries commented: “The Port of Dover can be seen as a barometer of economic conditions and the robust uplift in freight volumes is really encouraging as it reflects a return to market growth.  Tourist volumes are also strengthening and after several years of having economic conditions against us this is a heartening start to the year.”    

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Issued by Port of Dover External and Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

 

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