Final figures for this year’s fortnight were on a par with last year, with the Company carrying almost 34,000 passengers and 13,236 motorcycles to the Island between May 23rd and June 8th.
Latest figures also show a seven per cent rise in visitor arrivals during May. More than 11,000 (11,028) passengers travelled from Heysham compared to 10,207 in the same month last year, with 12,662 heading to Manx shores from Liverpool, again an increase from 2017.
Ben-my-Chree and fast craft Manannan worked around the clock during the fortnight to carry fans to the Isle of Man, while MV Arrow provided vital freight capacity, freeing up vehicle deck space on Ben-my-Chree.
The ferry company has also confirmed an increase in deposit bookings for TT 2019
Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘Comparing the first 17 days from when bookings for the 2019 TT opened last month to the same period last year there has been an eight per cent increase in TT deposit bookings with a 14 per cent increase in passengers.’
He added: ‘These figures are not only highly encouraging but are also evidence of the TT’s continued attraction for motorcycling race fans.
‘Demand to travel to the event remains extremely high and we are already looking ahead to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races in July and the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in August. We look forward to welcoming many more motorcycling enthusiasts to the Island in 2018.’