Valletta, Malta (PortSEurope) April 30, 2020 – In the first quarter of 2020, there were nine cruise liner calls before March 10, 2020, after which cruise liners were no longer allowed to berth in Malta because of COVID-19 health restrictions. This is 12 fewer than in the same quarter of 2019. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 4,464 passengers, 747 more than
the previous year. Transit passengers accounted for the majority of total traffic. Passengers from EU countries comprised 53.5% of total traffic. The major markets were Italy accounting for 22.8% of the total passengers, followed by France and Germany with 10.7% and 6.3% respectively. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 18,663, of whom 15.4% came from the United Kingdom and almost the same amount (15%) came from the United States. On a gender basis, female passengers made up 52.9% of the total. The largest share of passengers fell within the 40-59 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 60 and 79 years. Established in 2002, Valletta Cruise Port is the only licensed cruise and ferry terminal operator in Valletta, Malta. Valletta Cruise Port, the gateway to Malta’s capital, Valletta, welcomes more than half-a-million cruise passengers into the island. In 2015, Global Ports Holding completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Valletta Cruise Port, engaged in port operations and the leasing of office, catering and retail outlets in Malta. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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