Ireland, as an island nation has a number of scheduled passenger ferry services connecting Ireland to both the UK and Continental Europe. There are four major maritime corridors; Northern, Central, Continental and Southern. Frequent crossings take place along these corridors linking Ireland to the UK and France.
The passenger service corridors are divided into sailing services originating from different island of Ireland ports. The Central Corridor encompasses Dublin and Dun Laoghaire.The Northern Corridor encompasses Belfast and Larne. The Southern Corridor covers sailing services from Rosslare to Great Britain. The Continental Corridor encompasses sailings from all Irish Ports to France both seasonal and year round. Due to seasonal demand some services are operated on a summer sailing schedule and the passenger sector included both foot passenger volumes and passengers crossing in cars.
There were a number of developments in the Irish market over the past few years. Ferry companies like Irish Ferries and Stena Line have added capacity on some passenger routes whilst streamlining sailings from other Irish ports.
A breakdown of the passenger traffic volumes through Irish ports is available below:
Past quarterly statistical bulletins can be accessed the press release section.