Interislander delivers strong summer season

03 February 2016 1:01PM

Interislander has delivered a strong summer holiday season with the highest number of passenger vehicles carried since competition began in 2003, and the highest-ever December revenue, KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy says.

“It was another busy Christmas for the Interislander with Aratere, Kaitaki and Kaiarahi together carrying more than 40,000 passengers between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, followed by a peak of more than 6500 passengers on January 3 alone,” says Mr Reidy.

“KiwiRail has made a considerable investment in Interislander and the ferries are running well – in the last 6 months  we have lost fewer than 0.2 per cent of scheduled sailings because of unplanned mechanical issues.”

Interislander General Manager Mark Thompson said the ferries’ results from the summer season reflected the company’s investment in increased maintenance, and customer service focus by managers and staff.

“We carried more than 38,000 passenger vehicles in the Christmas New Year period (21 Dec – 17 Jan) which is the most since competition began on Cook Strait in 2003.

“But they were not our only large numbers. In the same period our passengers consumed 10,846 ice creams, closely followed by 10,818 punnets of hot chips, 8152 pieces of fish and 5640 pies.

“These were washed down by 35,571 cups of espresso coffee and 34,267 soft drinks, in addition to the New Zealand wines and beers sold in our fully-licensed bars and cafes.

“We look forward to continuing to be part of the holiday and travel plans of New Zealanders and overseas tourists through 2016.”


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