Portsmouth's port says it is defying the recession by taking more passengers and vehicles over the past few months.Between April and August, including the busy summer holiday season, the port saw a 6% increase in private vehicles and a 4% increase in passenger numbers. [LNB]Over the same time period, freight traffic showed only a 1% decline. [LNB]Since April the port has handled more than 1.3m passengers, travelling in 400,000 vehicles, and has also dealt with 106,000 freight units. [LNB][LNB] Gloomy predictions that Brits would abandon their holiday abroad have been overblown Port manager Martin Putman The port says its strong performance is in contrast to some other ports around the country that have seen sharp falls in volumes as the effects of the recession have been felt. [LNB]Port manager Martin Putman said: "We have focused on bringing more cruise business to the port, welcoming the new Santander service from Brittany Ferries, and looking after our freight customers. [LNB]"Gloomy predictions that Brits would abandon their holiday abroad have been overblown. [LNB]"The enduring appeal of travelling quickly and easily by ferry to France or Spain, and having your own car on the other side, has kept customers coming. [LNB]"We are cautiously optimistic about the second half of the year. [LNB]"Freight traffic is harder to predict but we continue to see the benefits of our excellent road and rail connections in Portsmouth, and variety of destination ports in France and Spain."