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FERRY operator Brittany Ferries plans to up its offer of no-frills crossings to France and Spain.

The company will use a chartered ship for budget sailings from Portsmouth to Le Havre and Bilbao.

The announcement comes after Brittany Ferries launched ‘économie’-banded trips aboard the Etretat last year.

One-way fares for a car and two people will start from £79 to France and £209 to Spain.

Group commercial director Mike Bevens said: ‘We have been really pleased with the demand for our new no-frills service.

‘This additional ship will provide a welcome boost in capacity and provide our customers with an even wider range of sailing times.’

Passenger space is more limited than on other ships, but will still include a bar, boutique, café, restaurant and reading lounge.

The ship is currently named Sirena Seaways and operates in Scandinavia. She will be renamed when she enters service with Brittany Ferries.