Red Funnel adds extra sailings on back of record 2014
Red Funnel Ferries has confirmed that 2014 was a record year for the company in terms of the number of vehicles carried. Assisted by growth in the total cross-Solent ferry market of 0.7% for passengers and 1.5% for cars, Red Funnel saw a 3.7% increase in customers using its West Cowes Red Jet route and carried 7.8% more passengers, 9.7% more cars, 10.8% more coaches and 9.6% more freight vehicles on its Southampton-East Cowes service.
In cross-Solent market share terms, Red Funnel increased its share of the car market to a record 39.7% (36.8% PY) and its total passenger share to 38.5% (36.4% PY).*
Kevin George, CEO commented “We are delighted that more customers than ever are choosing Red Funnel and I would like to thank everybody who travelled with us in 2014. Our strategy of offering competitive fares, investing in our ships and terminals and training our staff to deliver superb levels of service is changing the perceptions of Red Funnel. This is making us the first choice for an increasing number of visitors. Looking ahead, this year promises to continue the momentum with Red Osprey returning to service at Easter following her £2.2m refurbishment which mirrors Red Falcon, the finalisation of plans for our new terminals in Southampton and East Cowes and there is even more exciting news on the horizon”.
Buoyed by increasing demand, Red Funnel is also pleased to announce that from the 27 March 2015 it is to add two additional return sailings to its Southampton-East Cowes service.
A new early morning, week day sailing will depart at 0240 hrs from Southampton (and 0405 hrs from East Cowes) to provide additional freight capacity. The second new sailing, designed primarily for the growing number of short-break and weekend visitors from London is on Friday evenings (only), leaving Southampton at 2010 hrs and 2140 from East Cowes.
There will also be a slight retiming of some other sailings with the old times shown in brackets: -
From Southampton: 0240 [new], 0405 [was 0415]; 0700 [was 0715]; 2100 [was 2045]; 2230 [was 2215]; 2355 [was 2345].
From East Cowes: 0120 [was 0115]; 0405 [new], 0530 [was 0545]; 0830 [was 0835]; 1930 [was 1925]; 2230 [was 2215]; 2355 [was 2345].
The new timetable, effective from March 27th is open for reservations which can be secured with a deposit of just £25 if booking more than 30 days in advance. As in previous years, additional services will operate during the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.
Full details of the new timetable can be found on the website at redfunnel.co.uk and printed versions will be available from Red Funnel ticket offices towards the end of January.
* Source: Ferrystat Dec 2014, IRN Research
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