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Sea transport between Malta and Gozo: Q1/2024
NR 066/2024
Release Date: 15 April 2024
Panoramic Bay View of Mgarr, Town and Harbour where Ferries Dock at the East End of Island Gozo, Malta
  • During the first quarter of 2024, the total number of trips, vehicles and passengers increased by 9.8, 5.8 and 15.7 per cent respectively when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2023.
  • During January-March 2024, vehicle traffic originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Fridays and Thursdays. At the Mġarr terminal, vehicle traffic was highest on Sundays and Mondays.
  • During January-March 2024, passenger traffic originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Fridays and Saturdays. At the Mġarr terminal, passenger traffic was busiest on Sundays and Saturdays.
  • March registered the highest number of trips between Mġarr and Valletta – 593 or 34.2 per cent of total trips for the quarter and the highest number of passengers – 62,076 or 39.7 per cent for the quarter.
Sea transport between Malta and Gozo: Q1/2024
NR 066/2024
Release Date: 15 April 2024
During the first quarter of 2024, sea transport between Malta and Gozo registered increases in passengers, vehicles and trips when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2023.

Panoramic Bay View of Mgarr, Town and Harbour where Ferries Dock at the East End of Island Gozo, Malta

Sea transport between Malta and Gozo

Between January and March 2024, a total of 9,602 trips were carried out, carrying a total of 1,450,495 passengers (Table 1). March was the busiest month recording a total of 3,315 trips or 34.5 per cent of total trips for the quarter (Tables 3 and 7).

Sea transport between Mġarr and Ċirkewwa

A total of 1,294,314 passengers travelled between Mġarr and Ċirkewwa during the first quarter of 2024, an increase of 9.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2023. The highest number of passengers was recorded in March – 491,298 or 38.0 per cent of the total for the quarter. When compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year, the number of vehicles increased by 5.8 per cent, totalling 465,108 (Tables 2 and 3).

The number of trips during the first quarter amounted to 7,867, a decrease of 0.3 per cent over the same period in 2023 (Table 2). March registered the highest number of trips – 2,722 or 34.6 per cent of total trips for the quarter (Table 3).

During January-March 2024, passenger traffic originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Fridays and Saturdays, and vehicle traffic originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Fridays and Thursdays. On the other hand, from the Mġarr terminal, passenger traffic was busiest on Sundays and Saturdays, while vehicle traffic was highest on Sundays and Mondays (Charts 4 and 5).

Chart 1. Passengers and vehicles crossing between Malta and Gozo

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Sea transport between Mġarr and Valletta

During the first quarter of 2024, a total of 1,735 trips were carried out carrying a total of 156,181 passengers (Table 6). When compared to same quarter in 2023, the number of trips increased by 103.2 per cent and the number passengers increased by 115.1 per cent. March registered the highest number of trips – 593 or 34.2 per cent of total trips for the quarter and the highest number of passengers – 62,076 or 39.7 per cent for the quarter (Table 7).

Map 1. Distribution of trips between Malta and Gozo during Q1/2024

Chart 2. Distribution of passengers by route between Malta and Gozo during Q1/2024

Chart 3. Passengers and vehicles to and from Mġarr and Ċirkewwa

January-March

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Chart 4a. Vehicles to and from Mġarr by day of the week

January-March

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Chart 4b. Vehicles to and from Ċirkewwa by day of the week

January-March

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Chart 5a. Passengers to and from Mġarr by day of the week

January-March

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Chart 5b. Passengers to and from Ċirkewwa by day of the week

January-March

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Methodological Notes

1. The source of the data included in this release is administrative information provided by the Gozo Channel Co. Ltd and Transport Malta.

2. The fast ferry service operating between Mġarr and Valletta commenced on 1 June 2021.

3. The table below illustrates the vehicle and passenger capacity of each Gozo Channel vessel:

Vessel Vehicles Passengers
MV Gaudos 72 900
MV Malita 138 900
MV Ta' Pinu 138 900
MV Nikolaos 160 650 (Summer)/ 350 (Winter)

Periods when vessels were out of service for docking purposes:

MV Gaudos: 08/11/2023-30/11/2023.
MV Malita: 06/01/2022-10/02/2022 and 09/01/2024-30/01/2024.
MV Ta’ Pinu: 09/01/2023-02/02/2023 and 27/02/2023-02/03/2023.
MV Nikolaos was put temporarily out of service between 25/04/2022-29/05/2022, 18/04/2023-26/04/2023 and 15/02/2024-25/03/2024.

4. The table below illustrates the passenger capacity of each fast ferry service vessel:

Vessel Passengers
Your Wisdom (Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd) 296
Your Faith (Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd) 296
Gozo Express (Virtu Ferries Ltd)* 308
San Franġisk (Virtu Ferries Ltd) 316

*The fast ferry service vessel, Gozo Express (Virtu Ferries Ltd) replaced San Pawl (Virtu Ferries Ltd) on 17/05/2022.

5. Data for passengers travelling between Mġarr and Ċirkewwa comprises foot and vehicle passengers and vehicle drivers. The fast ferry service does not allow for the transport of vehicles thus, only foot passengers are included.

6. Different approaches to data collection are being applied at the Mġarr and Ċirkewwa harbours with regards to the Gozo Channel service. Data source for the Mġarr side includes Automated Ticketing System (ATS), while data for the Ċirkewwa side is dependent on the manual clicking system.

7. The data is not normally subject to revision.

8. More information relating to this news release is available in the Sources and Methods.

9. Statistics in this news release should be interpreted in the context of the COVID-19 situation.

10. A detailed news release calendar is available online.

11. References to this news release are to be cited appropriately. For guidance on access and re-use of data please visit our dedicated webpage.

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