Monday, 26 April 2010
All over, bar the shouting
Now that it's all over and flights are more or less back to normal, our local newspaper published some interesting bits and pieces of information.
A quarter of a million people passed through the port of Dover during the crisis. 21,500 of these were foot passengers, about 10 times the normal number.
Capacity was increased on some ships.
Freight carriers increased staff so that they could take more passengers.
Carriers who don't normally take foot passengers ran coaches to carry them.
The increase in traffic was felt by trains, taxis and car hire firms as well as the ferry companies.
Of course, the problems didn't end at Dover for people who managed to return to the UK because so many of them then had to retrieve cars from wherever they had left them, Heathrow, Gatwick or further afield.