Gozo Channel company closed last year with a record number of passengers and vehicles using its vessels to cross the channel. Figures show that the company managed to make the best use of its vessels, with trips operating to higher capacity.
During last year work for the Gozo Channel company continued to increase. This was the second year running during which all trips were operated between the port of Imgarr in Gozo and Cirkewwa, as the trips for merchandise from Sa Maison have been stopped.
National Statistics Office figures show that in 2017 the three Gozo Channel vessels – Ta’ Pinu, Gaudos and Malita – carried over 5.3 million passengers, an increase of 250,000 or 4.9% over the previous year. The company also carried 1.5 million vehicles, nearly 85,000 more than in 2016.
Last year the company operated 22,529 trips, which is 125 more than for the previous year. This was a slight increase, compared to the substantial increase in passengers and vehicles, an indication that the company was managing to carry more without resorting to having to operate too many extra trips.
August remained the strongest month, and throughout the year – as expected – weekends were the busiest.