The Plymouth-based company was in serious negotiations regarding the proposed new route from Plymouth to Porto, but decided not to go ahead with its plans after all.
The drop in Covid cases, combined with the successful deployment of the vaccine in Spain, also contributed to the decision taken by CEO Christophe Mathieu this week.
“Technically, we could open a route to Porto, but the game changed quickly on Friday (21 May) with the announcement of the Spanish authorities, ”said Mathieu. “It just wouldn’t make sense to open a new route – and move passengers already booked on services to Spain, if our second market is open for business.
“We hope and expect Spain to be placed on the UK’s green list during the first review in early June and for this reason we have made the decision to put the plan on hold.”
Will ferries leave from Plymouth to Porto in the future?
However, the good news is that the proposed ferry route has not been ruled out as they have been inundated with encouraging messages from existing customers and potential new customers who definitely want the new route to be put on the road. menu.
“We were overwhelmed by messages of support from existing passengers, new customers and via social media urging us to navigate to Porto,” Mathieu explained. “So while I’m sure there will be a disappointment, when it comes to Portugal we never say never.”
Spanish authorities have confirmed the country will be open for business from today (May 24) to British tourists amid rising vaccination rates and declining Covid cases.
Meanwhile, UK holiday demand remains high as the cost of overseas travel is expected to rise.
Gus Gardner, associate travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData, said Britons would be desperate to get away, but stay will reign again this year. “National operators will be ready for an exceptional summer, as domestic demand will return at a faster rate than international demand.”