CalMac enquiries jump by 14 per cent

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CalMac has reported a surge of interest since opening bookings up to and including October 18.

Compared with the period July 21 to August 3 last year, enquiries across the board have risen 14 per cent during the last fortnight, new figures show.

Overall, CalMac received more than 27,300 enquiries during this period across a range of channels, from social media to emails and calls.

That compares to just 23,985 during the same period in 2019.

Social media enquiries alone during the fortnight rose 96 per cent on the same period last year, while emails during this time were up 20 per cent.

On July 31, the company opened up online ticket bookings to the islands up to and including October 18.

However, social distancing rules means capacity on ferries will still be less than normal.

On Friday, CalMac announced a ‘phased reopening of food and drink services’.

It said: ‘We will be providing a selection of hot snacks, soups and sandwiches as well as hot and cold drinks on a number of our longer routes.

‘Our menu will be more limited than in normal circumstances while we continue to manage the health and safety mitigations in place to help keep our passengers, crew and the islands we serve safe.’

Passengers have been urged to plan ahead and wear face coverings.

For more info, visit www.calmac.co.uk/covid19/faqs/the-way-you-sail-with-us-has-changed