Wightlink will resume its FastCat foot passenger sailings between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour on Thursday 29th April, it has been announced this morning (Friday).
It will be an hourly service with 2 catamarans operating on school holiday weekends and during the Isle of Wight Festival.
Furthermore, Wightlink’s car ferry summer timetable will come into effect on Monday 17th May 2021, in line with the next proposed Government easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Hotels, restaurants and attractions will open for business on both sides of the Solent from that date.
Sailings on the Fishbourne-Portsmouth car ferry route will be retimed to depart every 40 minutes between 05:00 and 19:40 to even out traffic flow and improve punctuality.
The Yarmouth-Lymington route will step up to hourly service, 7 days a week.
Enthusiasm for summer breaks on the Isle of Wight is already growing. Wightlink says bookings for the school holidays are looking healthy, especially for weekend sailings.
Keith Greenfield, Chief Executive of Wightlink, says:
“With summer on the horizon, we are delighted to step up our sailings and look forward to welcoming more Islanders and mainlanders who want to travel across the Solent.
“The Isle of Wight will be a popular choice for staycations and we will remain Covid-secure at all times with the highest standards of cleanliness. Mask wearing is still required. Our passenger numbers are currently reduced to allow social distancing but our ships and FastCats are spacious and comfortable with plenty of room. All of our usual cafés at ports and on board ferries are now open to serve refreshments but we ask customers to consume food and drink outdoors.”
“We know it’s been a long wait for our regular FastCat customers and we thank them for their patience. We are delighted that we can now reinstate our Portsmouth-Ryde service as demand for leisure travel starts to increase. Our ticket acceptance agreement with Hovertravel will continue until Friday 30 April, as previously announced.”
Hovertravel says that they will stop accepting Wightlink tickets at midnight on 30th April.