Brits are delaying booking Channel crossings until they have more certainty over the final Brexit deal, Brittany Ferries has warned.
The company, which carries as many as 2,500 passengers on each vessel to France and Spain, says concerns over future travel implications has led to a 4 to 5 per cent slump among its most loyal customers.
Nigel Wonnacott, from Brittany Ferries, said customers were worried about taking pets abroad, their European health insurance, and driving licenses allowing free travel across the continent.
It comes after the firm invested €450 million on three new ferries set to work the Portsmouth to Caen route.
The ferries will have a capacity of 1,700, but according to Wonnacott, “there is a great deal of worry” around whether they will be able to fill those ships with passengers and freight.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, he said: “Family bookings for next summer already show a worrying downward trend, so today we sound the alarm.
“A poor deal, or perhaps no deal at all, could impact Brittany, Normandy and the Loire.”