Nearly 4 months after it was suspended because of travel restrictions related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Baltic ferry service resumed just in time for the summer holiday season.
Ferry operator DFDS announced that following the decision of the U.K. government to lift travel restrictions, it resumes passenger service with sailings between Newcastle U.K. and Amsterdam Netherlands, as well as cross channel service between the United Kingdom and France.
When the travel restrictions went into effect in Europe, the operator had reduced its capacity focusing on freight service on twenty routes. Passenger service was limited to essential travel and there were also restrictions on the number of travellers per cabin. The company laid up a total of 12 of its 50 ferries and suspended service on the Copenhagen-Oslo and Newcastle-Amsterdam routes.
DFDS offers daily sailings between the ports of Newcastle and Amsterdam aboard the King Seaways and Princess Seaways ferries, both of which are laid up at Ijmuiden Netherlands. Service is due to resume from the Netherlands on July 16, the following day from the U.K.
English Channel services between the United Kingdom and France resumed on July 10. The Channel routes had continued to sail for freight and essential travellers ensuring the transport of vital goods.
DFDS resumed sailings on the Oslo-Copenhagen route as well as new service between Frederikshavn Denmark and Oslo as of June 25. Two ferries are scheduled to be operating this service with the focus on passengers traveling for transportation purposes with their cars.
DFDS however said that it would have to adapt to the market conditions including changes to its operations. As a result, it would be laying off 650 people from its workforce of about 8,600 employees.