A jump in passenger numbers means a bigger ferry has joined the run to West Harbour operated by Belaire Ferries for Auckland Transport.
Belaire Ferries Managing Director, Adam Tallentire, says the 90 passenger Spirit will now operate on the morning services along with 49 seaters Clipper and Serenity. “With this increase in capacity we are confident that even more commuters will consider the ferry as an alternative, a way to escape the on-going upgrade work on the North-western motorway.”
The new service was immediately popular, on the first sailing of Spirit on Monday 3 March there were 64 passengers (see picture). The previous capacity on the sailing was 49 passengers.
The West Harbour service has seen a 56 per cent jump in patronage since capacity was last expanded in October 2011.
There are 14 return trips between West Harbour and Downtown each weekday.