A total of 1,355,243 passengers travelled between Malta and Gozo in the fourth quarter of 2019, a National Statistics Office (NSO) press release said in a statement on Wednesday.
This translates into an increase of 2.6 per cent when compared with the same time period of 2018.
The highest number of passengers was recorded in October – 533,020 or 39.3 per cent of the total for the quarter. When comparing to the previous year, the number of vehicles increased by 6.8 per cent, totalling 425,767.
The number of trips amounted to 7,653, an increase of 31.5 per cent over the same period in 2018. The majority of trips took place in October – 2,712 or 35.4 per cent of total trips for the quarter.
Annual Perspective: 2019
Movements between Malta and Gozo continued to increase. Overall the number of trips went up by 4,012 or 17.0 per cent, over 2018. Vehicle movements between the islands increased by 123,007 or 7.4 per cent over the previous year, while the number of passengers went up by 159,462 or 2.8 per cent.
As in previous years, August recorded the highest number of trips, 2,802 or 10.1 per cent of the total. August also registered the largest share of vehicles and passengers crossing between the two islands, 187,536 and 649,878, respectively.
Passenger and vehicle traﬃc originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Friday and Saturday, whereas the highest numbers from Mġarr were recorded on Sunday and Saturday for passengers and Sunday and Monday for vehicles.