The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has reduced its special offer fares for children as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage families to travel.
A child aged four to 15, whether travelling as a foot passenger or vehicle passenger, now costs from just £9 each way, down from £17. Infants, up to the age of three, still travel for free and adult foot passenger fares have been held at the same level as last year, starting at £18 each way.
The Steam Packet Company has also confirmed it will retain its long-running Kids Go Free offer this summer, allowing two adults travelling with a car to take up to three children for free.
It is hoped families can be encouraged to visit the Isle of Man, as well as making it easier for Island families to get away together more often.
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘I am delighted we have been able, as part of our regular review of fares, to make a significant reduction in the cost of travel for children.
‘We are also eager to play our part in helping to make travel more accessible to the local population, as well as supporting the Isle of Man Government’s aim of encouraging more people to choose the Island as a place to visit, continuing the growth in the visitor economy that has been seen in recent years.
‘There are many factors taken into consideration during our regular fare reviews, including the price of fuel, fares charged by airlines servicing the Island, load factors, operational costs and so on. Our aim is always to deliver the best possible value for money for our passengers and recent fare comparisons with other Irish Sea ferry routes have confirmed that our fares are very competitive.
‘This is a substantial reduction in child fares, but we have also reduced many of our car offer fares too. There are more than 900,000 offer seats available in 2015, including the popular Kids Go Free car offer.’
Bookings for 2015 can be made now at www.steam-packet.com.