DFDS to stop operating on Channel route

New conditions make it more difficult to improve the economy on the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry sailing in the English Channel, and as such, DFDS will stop operating on the route from 2014.

DFDS currently operates on the Dieppe-Newhaven crossing between France and the UK through subsidiary Transmanche Ferries, but from the New Year the company no longer plans to sail on the publicly owned route, according to the carrier's magazine DFDS Update.

The French authority Conseil General has issued an invitation to tender for bids from shipping companies interested in operating on the route once DFDS' contract expires, but when the concession round ended in late January DFDS had not submitted a new application to sail the route.

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