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

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

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."

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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