Inter-island passenger traffic grows by 5% in the Canarian ports network during 2018 – La Provincia

Inter-island passenger traffic grows by 5% in the Canarian ports network during 2018 - La Provincia


The inter-island traffic ofpassengersthrough the ports that make up the network ofCanarian ports, dependent onGovernment of the Canary Islands, has closed 2018 with an increase of 5%, as reported Monday by the Ministry of Public Works andTransportationof the Government of the Canary Islands.

In particular and during the past year, the ports of autonomic ownership registered a total traffic of 5,006,428 passengers ofregular line, which means that 5% increase compared to the previous year.

The managing director of the Canarian Port Authority,Manuel Ortega, said that these figures "consolidate the regional ports as a platform for traffic and connection between the different islands" and stressed that the closing of the year 2018 yields "237,896 passengers more than in 2017".

"With this, the line of growth continues to be rising after stabilizing traffic after the high peaks generated with the 75% bonus on the passages of Canarian residents and after the start-up of the interior line of La Gomera", added .

Among the ports with a more prominent growth is the one ofMorro Jable(Fuerteventura), which has increased by 5.51% compared to the previous year, with a total of 627,741 passengers.

It also highlights the passenger traffic in therunnerbetween the port of Corralejo (Fuerteventura) and Playa Blanca (Lanzarote), which registers an increase of 1% with respect to the previous year, with 11,239 more passengers and reaches the highest billing figure of the Canary Ports network with a total of 1,130 .038 passengers.

In Gran Canaria, the port ofThe snowsit experienced a significant increase when it recorded a traffic of 1,050,311 passengers, which represents an increase of 3.69% with respect to 2017 and allows it to become the second port with the highest growth in 2018, "in addition to its consolidation as a platform ofConnectionwith the island of Tenerife ".

Likewise, registered passenger traffic between the ports of Orzola, located in the north of Lanzarote, and the port of Caleta de Sebo, located in La Graciosa, experienced a small decrease of 0.1% in relation to 2017, reach a total of 437,700 passengers.

On the island of La Gomera, with the launch of the interior maritime lines, the port of Vueltas has registered a total of 157,497 passengers and the port of Playa Santiago, the figure of 40,921 passengers.

One of the interior lines, the one that operatesFred. Olsen, was launched on September 9, 2017 and connects the ports of Vueltas and Playa Santiago with the state port of San Sebastián de La Gomera. It is a line that was reactivated after remaining inactive for five years, when it stopped operating in 2012.

On the other hand, the second line started up, operated byNaviera Armas, started on October 21, 2017 and connects the state ports of Los Cristianos, located in Tenerife, and San Sebastián de La Gomera, with the autonomous port of Vueltas.

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