Gozo Channel passengers & crossings increase, with record Easter reported
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Gozo Channel has registered increases in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016, the National Statistics Office reported this morning.
It said that a total of 1,040,188 passengers travelled between Malta and Gozo during the first quarter this year, up by 3.0 per cent when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2016.
The NSO noted that the highest number of passengers was recorded in March – 406,510 or 39.1 per cent of the total for the quarter. The number of vehicles increased by 4.9 per cent, totalling 320,432.
There were 5,216 trips, an increase of 1.0 per cent over the same period in 2016. The NSO said that the majority of trips took place in March – 1,830 or 35.1 per cent of total trips for the quarter.
From January-March passenger traffic originating from Cirkewwa was busiest on Friday and Thursday, the NSO said, whereas highest numbers from Mgarr were recorded on Sunday and Monday.
Meanwhile, the Ministry for Gozo, in a statement this morning said that it was a record Easter for Gozo Channel, with the number of passengers crossing up by 10.6% on the same period last year, and with a 29.7% increase on the number that crossed in 2013.
The number of vehicles crossing also increased by 10.6%, the Ministry said, this was up by 26.2% on 2013.
The Ministry also said that the number of trips between the islands increased by 12 on last year, the increase of trips on the same period in 2013 was 30. It added that “this led to less waiting times at the terminals, even though for a few hours one ship had a mechanical problem.”
The statement continued by saying that “crucial to this success are the Gozo Channel employees, who carried out their work in the best way possible. Their commitment helps to further foster tourism in Gozo, on which many families depend for their livelihoods.”
The Ministry for Gozo concluded by reiterating its intention to “add activities throughout the rest of year to attract more wealth to Gozo.”
Photograph by Alain Salvary