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Almeria-Algeria Passenger Traffic Up By 92% Since The Reopening Of The Border

Almeria-Algeria passenger traffic up by 92% since the reopening of the border

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Almería, Spain (PortSEurope) December 17, 2021 – Over 5,400 passengers have traveled on the ferries between Almería and the Algerian ports of Oran and Ghazaouet in the first month since the reopening of the Algerian borders, on November 14. This figure is almost 93% more than in the same period last year. Of the total number of passengers that have traveled between Almería and the Algerian ports,
more than 3,150 have traveled using the Port of Oran, and more than 2,250, using the Port of Ghazaouet. In this same, the Trasmediterránea Armas shipping company has transported more than 1,736 vehicles between the two shores. Although these figures are still far from those registered before the pandemic, Jesús Caicedo, president of the Almería Port Authority (APA), draws attention to “the influx of passengers that the Port is re-registering, something that is noticeable both in the parking lot waiting for boarding, and in the Maritime Station, which are gradually recovering activity and passenger movement”. Since March 2020 and until mid-November 2021, the borders of the North African country have been closed by the Algerian government in order to combat the spread of Covid. The Armas Trasmediterránea shipping company is currently covering the connection between Almería and the Algerian ports with the Almariya and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ferries. Last year, almost 13,000 passengers traveled between Almería and the Algerian ports, compared to 111,000 in 2019, a decrease that occurred as a result of the closure of the borders decreed in mid-March by the Algerian government to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In 2021, until the first week of November, between Almería and the ports of Oran and Ghazaouet only 300 travelers have traveled, who have done so for exceptional reasons and with special permits, since the borders of the Maghreb country have remained closed until now to the movement of people. Figures from Autoridad Portuaria de Almería (APA – Port Authority of Almería) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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