A 100% increase in fast ferry trips

The fast ferry service carried around 11% of all passengers who crossed between Malta and Gozo in the first three months of this year.

In the first quarter of this year, the number of trips carried out by the fast ferry service between Malta and Gozo doubled. A total of 1,735 trips were made in the first three months of the year, against only 854 last year.

The number of passengers who used this service in th first quarter was 156,181, which means that in this period the service was used by more people than in the same quarter of 2022 and 2023 taken together.

On average, each fast ferry trip had 90 passengers on it. This is the best result for this time of year since service began in 2021. In fact, the fast ferry service carried around 11% of all passengers who crossed between Malta and Gozo in the first three months of this year. Since the service started, it was only in the third quarter of last year that the service captured a larger proportion of transit.

The increase in passengers crossing between Malta and Gozo on the Gozo Channel ferry was 112,925, while the increase for the fast ferry was 83,562. Thus, the fast ferry took 43% of the overall increase in the number of passengers.

The improvement in the fast ferry’s activity may explain why the increase in the number of vehicles that crossed the channel was relatively limited. In fact, while the number of passengers who travelled between Malta and Gozo increased by 16%, the number of vehicles making the trip increased by just 6%.

For every vehicle that crosses between Malta and Gozo, there are typically three passengers on board. On this basis, the 156,181 fast ferry passengers could mean around 52,000 fewer vehicles crossing between Malta and Gozo, or around 570 fewer vehicles which made the journey between the two islands each day.

Illustration: NSO
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