National Statistics

Sea passenger statistics 2017: Short sea routes (provisional)

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


Sea passenger statistics 2017: Short sea routes provisional tables

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Statistics on the number of sea passengers which include all vehicle drivers, their passengers and foot passengers on ferries.

In 2017:

  • international short sea passenger numbers decreased by 2% to 19.5 million
  • Dover-Calais remained the busiest international short sea route, but declined by 1% to 9.0 million
  • there were increases on domestic routes, including Cairnryan-Larne which increased 3% to 0.6 million

Further sea passenger statistics will be published in autumn 2018. These will include minor domestic routes between mainland Great Britain and Scottish islands, domestic river crossings and inter-island routes as well as cruises and long sea journeys. These are not yet available for 2017.

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Published 21 February 2018