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Gozo ferry passengers down 63% during height of COVID

20th July 2020

A total of 2,136 trips were made in June

Just over 581,000 passengers travelled between Malta and Gozo in the second quarter of the year (April-June), down 63.1 per cent over the same quarter in 2019.

On 31st March, all non-essential travel between Malta and Gozo was banned in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus, and was reopened on 1st May.

The National Statistics Office reported that the highest number of passengers was recorded in June, when 318,822, or 54.8 per cent of the total for the quarter, made the crossing.

When compared to the previous year, the number of vehicles, which totalled 282,446, decreased by 37.9 per cent, and trips amounted to 5,334, a drop of 15.2 per cent. The majority of the trips were made in June: 2,136, or 40.0 per cent of total.

Passenger and vehicle traffic originating from Ċirkewwa in the first half of the year was busiest on Fridays and Saturdays, and the highest numbers from Mġarr were recorded on Sundays and Mondays.

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Gozo ferry passengers down 63% during height of COVID