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Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2015

Provisional statistics for passengers on international short sea ferry routes and domestic sea crossings.

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Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2015 tables

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Index sheet of sea passenger tables

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At the time of publication, these results contained a number of small imputations to adjust for missing data. This missing data was subsequently supplied to the Department in the first quarter of 2016.

The data within Provisional sea passenger statistics: 2015 will be revised in Final sea passenger statistics: 2015 due for release on the 9 November 2016. The revisions will affect routes between Great Britain and the Channel Islands and some routes between Great Britain and St Malo in France.

Table SPAS0107, UK international sea passenger movements, arrivals and departures has already been revised to incorporate these changes. Users are advised to refer to this table for current international sea passenger totals.

Provisional figures for 2015 show:

  • international short sea passenger numbers decreased by 1% to 21.0 million
  • Dover to Calais remained the busiest international short sea route, handling 47% of all international short sea passengers, but declined by 9% to 9.8 million compared with the previous year
  • the volume of international short sea passengers on the Dover to Dunkirk route increased by 27% to 3.2 million
  • the number of passengers travelling via the Channel Tunnel decreased by 1% to 20.9 million. This is marginally fewer than the number of sea passengers
  • traffic between the UK mainland and Northern Ireland decreased 3% to 2.0 million passengers

Final sea passenger statistics will be published in autumn 2016, including data for passengers on international cruises, long sea journeys, domestic river crossings and inter-island domestic routes, which are currently not available for 2015.

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Published 24 February 2016
Last updated 13 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Update to data for 2015 figures.
  2. First published.