Provisional statistics for passengers on international short sea ferry routes and passengers on domestic sea crossings.
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The main findings for 2014 include:
- international short sea passengers rose by 4% in 2014 to 21.3 million, the second yearly increase following 10 years of general decline
- passenger figures increased across all port groups (Thames and Kent, East, West and South)
- Dover to Calais remained the busiest route carrying 10.8 million passengers in 2014, this was an increase of 3% compared to the previous year. This route accounted for 51% of all short sea journeys
- the number of passengers travelling via the Channel Tunnel rose by 3% to 21.0 million, less than half a million fewer than those travelling internationally by short sea ferry
- passenger traffic on domestic sea crossings has steadily declined over the last decade, with a slight increase in 2013
- 2.1 million journeys between the UK and Northern Ireland, the most popular domestic sea crossing
Final sea passenger statistics will be published in autumn 2015, including data for passengers on international cruises, long sea journeys, domestic river crossings and inter-island domestic routes, which are currently not available for 2014.
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