The ferry companies at the port of Calais will increase their passenger transport capacity after London's decision to quarantine anyone coming from France, the port of Calais said on Friday. “ The capacities will be increased from 500 to 750 passengers by ferry, ” the port's communications department told AFP, specifying that DFDS, one of the companies, had already “ doubled its reservations ”.
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Earlier in the morning, the president of the port Jean-Marc Puissesseau told AFP that he had " asked the ferry companies to accept as many passenger vehicles as possible on board their boats and to increase the number of their rotations between Calais and Dover ”. " It was absolutely not expected that the UK would set the limit for returns next night of August 15, which is usually charged for ferry companies ," he added, as the first queues of vehicles were forming in the port.
According to him, these were travelers who had either already planned to leave this Friday, or were already in the region on vacation and having decided to return before Saturday 4:00 a.m., when the fortnight measure must begin to apply according to the British government. . " Twenty-four hours of time to apply the quarantine is much too short to allow everyone to organize themselves and I reported this regret to the British Ambassador this morning ", however noted the boss of the port .
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On Twitter, the Eurotunnel company has indicated that it was no longer taking reservations for the Channel shuttles before Saturday, as they are already " full ".