Figures released by the NSO today reveal that 1,415,326 passengers traveled between Malta and Gozo in the second quarter of 2017 alone. This was a 7.3% increase over the same period last year.
This is the 6th year there has been a consecutive increase in both passenger and car crossings.
A total of 5,541 trips were operated over the same time period. This means that Gozo Channel operated an average of 60 trips per day; or a Gozo Channel ferry was departing from either Ċirkewwa or Mġarr every 23 minutes.
For the third consecutive year, Friday was the most busy day out of Ċirkewwa, while Sundays were the most busy day out of Mġarr, as shown by this graphic courtesy of the NSO.
Gozo Channel currently operates three ferries in two configurations: MV Malita and MV Ta’ Pinu have been installed with a second hoistable deck, nearly doubling their carrying capacity to 138 cars, over the MV Gaudos‘s 72 cars, which does not have the deck installed. All three ferries can carry 900 passengers.
Featured Photo by Looly.