Cruise passenger traffic drops by half during first quarter of 2020

28th April 2020

Total cruise passenger traffic amounted to 40,175, a decrease of 48.5 per cent over the corresponding period in 2019, according to new figures published by NSO.

During the first quarter of 2020, there were nine cruise liner calls until 10th March 2020, after which cruise liners were no longer allowed to berth in Malta because of COVID-19 health restrictions.

This figure is 12 less than the number of cruise liner calls that was recorded during the same quarter last year. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 4,464 passengers, 747 more than the previous year.

Transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic. Passengers from EU Member States comprised 53.5 per cent of total traffic. The major markets were Italy, accounting for 22.8 per cent of the total passengers, followed by France and Germany with 10.7 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively. The total number of passengers from Non-EU countries stood at 18,663, of whom 15.4 per cent came from the United Kingdom and almost the same amount (15.0 per cent) came from the United States. 

On a gender basis, female passengers made up 52.9 per cent of the total. The largest share of passengers fell within the 40-59 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 60 and 79 years.


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