1. 'Demand slumps' see Brittany Ferries cut back ships' use

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Brittany Ferries

    Brittany Ferries is to lay-up - take out of service - some ships after seeing "demand slumps" because of coronavirus, it has said.

    The travel operator said the move was part of schedule changes to be brought in after August.

    About 50,000 passengers with existing bookings would be affected by the schedule changes, it said.

    Changes include its main ship which serves its Plymouth-Roscoff route, the Armorique, being laid up on 31 August and replaced with the Pont-Aven from 10 September on three return trips per week.

    The Pont-Aven would also continue to operate one return sailing from Plymouth to Santander and from Roscoff to Cork during the week.

    The Bretagne, which currently serves the Portsmouth-St Malo route, would be laid up from 7 September.

    The Etretat was also not to resume crossings, as planned, with the Connemara continuing to operate the Cherbourg and Le Havre rotations from Portsmouth, but no longer serving Spain.

    Company director general Christophe Mathieu said the changes were "not something we want to do".

    Quote Message: In the context of a terrible summer season, we have no choice but to consolidate sailings that, by virtue of lack of passenger numbers, are uneconomic to run. These extraordinary decisions are regrettable and we apologise in advance to all those whose travel plans will be disrupted.”

    The company said its call centre was "expected to be very busy in the days ahead".

    Passengers were being asked "to wait for notification of any change to their booking" and, where possible, make alternative arrangements via its website, it added.