The Gozo Channel service resumed early on Wednesday morning allowing stranded Gozitan passengers to make the return journey home.
Services were suspended late on Tuesday morning, after which passengers heading to Gozo filled the Cirkewwa terminal building. The Gozo ministry made last minute arrangements for hotels to offer rooms at reduced prices, while Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana asked passengers to save their receipts.
Despite the fierce storm Malta experienced in February, this was the first service suspension in 2019 as the country suffered gale force westerly winds. The disruption of service has rekindled arguments for a permanent link between the sister islands via a tunnel. Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg announced on Facebook that a call for tender for the building and operation of the tunnel would be issued in the coming weeks.
Shadow Gozo minister Chris Said called for an extra day of leave to be granted to Gozitan workers.
Catamaran services between Malta and Sicily remain suspended on Wednesday, however operator Virtu Ferries announced that extra trips would be made on Thursday.