Travellers are opting to take the train or ferry rather than fly, in the wake of the latest terrorist alert at British airports. A spokesperson for Eurostar (high-speed trains connecting London and Brussels to Paris) said passenger numbers rose by 28,000, or 27 per cent, in the first four days after air travel was disrupted, and that it expected them to increase as travellers sought to avoid continuing airport delays and lengthy security checks.
The Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), which represents cruise and ferry companies, also reported increasing passenger numbers, although it could not provide figures. Bill Gibbons, director of the PSA, said: “The sea offers a real alternative to anyone whose flight plans have been disrupted. There are also no baggage restrictions for travel by sea.”