Cross-channel ferry operator Brittany Ferries has launched its Spanish schedules serving Bilbao and Santander through to October 2021.

The release of the schedules follows the opening of reservations for French routes last week.

The operator has also announced that its new ship Galicia will offer services from Portsmouth to Spain when it enters service, while flagship Pont-Aven will offer two weekly round-trips between Plymouth and Santander.

Last week, chief executive Christophe Mathieu said re-opening for reservations was the first major step towards recovery.

He said: “Today is the day when we really start to turn a corner and look forward to the future. This year is a write-off. We are therefore opening next year’s books as early as possible to give holidaymakers something to look forward to, and to ensure our comeback is robust and successful.

“We are also making sure that those who have supported us through this difficult time, by accepting vouchers for sailings we were forced to cancel, are offered the first choice of available crossings in 2021.”