Sea transport between Gozo and Malta registers an increase

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Gozo Channel FerryIn the third quarter of this year, sea transport between Gozo and Malta registered increases. In the third quarter of 2007, commuters between Gozo and Malta increased by 7.4 per cent totalling 1,305,710. Furthermore, the number of vehicles carried by scheduled vessels went up by 9.0 per cent totalling 324,883.

On breaking up the reference quarter into the respective months, the data show that year on year, September registered the strongest increase. Yet, consistent with previous years, the majority of the load was still recorded in August.

This increase in demand, was met by an increase in supply. The number of trips in the third quarter stood at 5,741, implying an increase of 3.3 per cent over the comparable period last year. The highest number of trips was recorded in August – 1,990 or 34.7 per cent of the total number of trips for the quarter.

During the third quarter in 2007, the Ta’ Pinu vessel reduced its trips by 332 when compared to the corresponding period last year. Conversely, the Gaudos and the Malita increased their trips by 328 and 187 respectively, to compensate for the decrease in the Ta’ Pinu load and to cater for the increase in demand.

Malita’s average is consistently higher compared to the other two vessels due to its greater vehicle-carrying capacity

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