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35% increase in travel between Malta and Gozo during first quarter 2024

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Ritratt: Gozo Channel

Sea transport between Malta and Gozo experienced notable growth during the first quarter of 2024, with increases in passengers, vehicles, and trips compared to the same period in 2023, the National Statistics Office said on Monday.

A total of 9,602 trips were conducted between January and March 2024, accommodating 1,450,495 passengers. March emerged as the busiest month, accounting for 34.5% of the total trips for the quarter, with 3,315 trips recorded.

Travel between Mġarr and Ċirkewwa saw significant activity, with 1,294,314 passengers making the journey during the quarter, marking a 9.6% increase from the previous year. March saw the highest influx of passengers, totaling 491,298 or 38.0% of the quarter’s total. Vehicle numbers also rose by 5.8%, reaching 465,108 for the quarter.

Despite a slight decrease in the number of trips, down by 0.3% compared to 2023, March still stood out with 2,722 trips, constituting 34.6% of the quarter’s total.

Analysis of passenger and vehicle traffic patterns revealed peak travel times. From Ċirkewwa, Fridays and Saturdays were busiest for passengers, while Fridays and Thursdays saw the highest vehicle traffic. Conversely, from Mġarr terminal, Sundays and Saturdays saw the highest passenger traffic, with Sundays and Mondays dominating vehicle traffic.

Meanwhile, sea transport between Mġarr and Valletta experienced remarkable growth. A total of 1,735 trips were conducted during the quarter, accommodating 156,181 passengers.

This marked a substantial increase of 103.2% in trips and 115.1% in passenger numbers compared to the same quarter in 2023. March was again the busiest month, accounting for 34.2% of total trips and 39.7% of total passengers for the quarter, with 593 trips and 62,076 passengers recorded.

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