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7th Apr 2009, 23:01
FERRY operator Stena Line is bucking the economic downturn with a 10% rise in passenger numbers.

The ferry giant revealed 25,000 passengers boarded the Stena Adventurer in February, an increase of 2,500 on February 2008.

The 1,500-capacity superferry runs between Holyhead and Dublin.

But the success has sparked a row with budget airline Ryanair, after Stena claimed increased airport security and "rude" airline staff had helped boost the numbers choosing to sail.

Stena Line chief executive Gunnar Blomdah said: "We have benefited from all the trouble you have at the airport.

"First you are insulted by a Ryanair person, then you have to get through security."

He added: "We have gone the other way and made it easier. The ferries are also much better than five years ago."

In response Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara described Mr Blomdah as "Captain Hook" and urged people to ignore his "ramblings".

He said official figures showed that total Irish Sea passenger numbers were still falling.

He said: "The ferries have never ‘taken passengers’ from Ryanair, the traffic always moves in the opposite direction.

"Ryanair carried more passengers to/from London in February than the entire ferry industry carried on all routes to/from Ireland.

"Ferry travel is simply for those transporting bullocks."

The increase in passenger figures on the recently revamped £60m Adventurer comes as the company has reduced its fast ferry sailings on the Stena Explorer from two daily return trips to just one.

This has seen core staff reduced on that route and redundancies threatened on-shore staff at the Irish port of Dun Laoghaire.

Welsh boat staff have been transferred to the freight and passenger ship the Stena Nordica, which replaced the freight only Stena Seatrader.

The Nordica accommodates an additional 400 passengers on Holyhead to Ireland services.

Ryanair has enjoyed a controversial existence since its formation in 1985.

From misleading price claims to charging the disabled a fee to use wheelchairs, the Irish firm has never been far from the headlines.

But the company has continued to go thrive, and carried 58.6 million passengers in the last 12 months.
(From:- Daily Post North Wales - News - North Wales News - Joy for Holyhead-based Stena as passenger numbers increase (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2009/04/07/joy-for-holyhead-based-stena-as-passenger-numbers-increase-55578-23328152/) )