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Brittany Ferries To Replace Cork-Santander Route With New Rosslare-Bilbao Route

By Dave Simpson

Brittany Ferries has announced that it is replacing its Cork-Santander route with a new Rosslare Europort-Bilbao route, which will begin operating on February 28. However, the company's Cork-Roscoff route will continue to operate following the discontinuation of the Cork-Santander service.

A Carefully Considered Decision

Brittany Ferries CEO Christophe Mathieu stated, "This was not a decision we took lightly and follows extensive consultation with our freight customers who sought better road connections and reduced driving distances. We opened the route in 2018 with a two-year trial window. While passenger numbers have been encouraging, the reality is that freight numbers, which are key to route viability, were not sufficiently robust.

"However, I want to make it clear that we remain committed to Cork, with our flagship Pont-Aven cruise-ferry service to Roscoff. We're also committed to an Ireland-Spain route, now via Rosslare, and we'll look after existing passengers whose future travel will be affected by this change."

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Brittany Ferries said that all customers already booked on affected sailings from Cork will be given the option to transfer their booking to a sailing between Rosslare and Bilbao, and an allowance will be given to cover additional transfers. Alternatively, a full refund will be provided to passengers who wish to cancel their bookings.

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