Passenger and vehicles crossing to Gozo both up in fourth quarter
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Passenger and vehicle crossings between Malta and Gozo during the fourth quarter of last year both registered increases, the National Statistics Office said today.
This was despite a decrease in trips, when compared to the corresponding period of 2016.
The number of passengers travelling between the two islands went up by 8.1 per cent, with a figure of 1,253,708 – when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2016.
October saw the highest number of passengers – 486,147 or 38.8 per cent of the total for the quarter which is also the month when most trips took place in October – 1,964 or 36.1 per cent of total trips for the quarter, the NSO said.
Vehicles increased by 6.7 per cent, totalling 365,899. The number of trips stood at 5,438, a decrease of 0.9 per cent over the same period in 2016.
The NSO noted that the number of movements between Malta and Gozo continued to increase during 2017.
It said that the number of trips went up by 125 or 0.6 per cent, over 2016. Vehicle movements between the islands increased by 84,908 or 5.8 per cent, over the previous year, while the number of passengers went up by 250,840 or 4.9 per cent.
August recorded the highest number of trips, 2,158 or 9.6 per cent of the total. Also as in previous year, August registered the largest share of vehicles and passengers crossing between the two islands, 158,981 and 582,199, respectively.
Passengers originating from Cirkewwa was busiest on Friday and Saturday during 2017 whereas highest volumes from Mgarr were recorded on Sunday and Saturday, the NSO said.
Photograph by Alain Salvary