More trips, but fewer passengers and cars to Gozo – NSO

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January, 2021 at 1:36 pm by Andre Camilleri

During the fourth quarter of 2020, sea transport between Malta and Gozo registered an increase in trips and a decrease in both passengers and vehicles when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2019.

A total of 876,054 passengers travelled between Malta and Gozo during the fourth quarter of 2020, down by 35.4%when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2019.

The highest number of passengers was recorded in October at 327,214 or 37.4 per cent of the total for the quarter. When compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the number of vehicles also registered a decrease of 8.2 per cent, with a total of 390,781 vehicles. The number of trips amounted to 8,094, an increase of 5.8 per cent over the same period in 2019. The majority of trips took place in October with 2,760 or 34.1 per cent of total trips for the quarter.

During 2020, the number of trips went up by 1,421 or 5.1 per cent, when compared to 2019. Vehicle movements between the islands decreased by 230,771 or 12.9 per cent, over the previous year, while the number of passengers went down by 2,143,799 or 36.2 per cent.

During 2020, July recorded the highest number of trips and vehicles, 2,790 and 179,425, respectively. On the other hand, August registered the largest share of passengers crossing between the two islands, 452,929.

 Passenger and vehicle traffic originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Friday and Saturday, whereas highest numbers for passengers and vehicle traffic originating from Mġarr were recorded on Sunday and Monday.

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