In its latest report, the European Statistical Office (Eurostat) revealed that due to the strict restrictions related to the Covid-19 virus that were imposed to avoid further spread of the virus, the number of passengers carried by sea was almost halved in 2020 compared to the previous year. Epidemic period in 2019.
The number of passengers traveling through EU ports reached a low of 230.6 million in 2020, which is a 44.9 percent decrease compared to 2019, TheSchengen.com reports.
All quarters of 2020 were significantly impacted by -14.0% in Q1 compared to the same quarter of 2019, -69.3% in Q2, -35.7% in Q3 and -46.8% in Q2. fourth quarter,” Eurostat said in a statement.
Differently from cargo movements, where nearly 60 per cent of cargo is offloaded and 40 per cent loaded at EU ports, the difference between those disembarking and boarding at EU ports was generally small.
According to Eurostat, this reflects the fact that sea passenger transport in Europe is carried mainly by national ferry services, where each passenger is counted twice in the passenger rate statistics.
Italian and Greek ports accounted for a combined 42 percent share of the total number of passengers boarded and disembarked at EU ports, with 55.1 million and 40.9 million sea passengers, respectively.
As a result, Italy and Greece remained the leading countries in terms of sea passenger transport within the European Union.
Denmark followed with 30.9 million passengers who boarded and disembarked in 2019, Croatia 18.8 million, Germany 16.4 million, Sweden 14.9 million and France 10.4 million.
In addition, through the same report, it was revealed that due to the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place all over the world, many countries recorded a significant decrease in the number of passengers passing through their ports.
The largest drop was recorded by Slovenia (-99.5 per cent), which counted only 119 passengers in 2020. Montenegro also recorded a 99.5 per cent decrease, with only 428 passengers in 2020. Belgium and Cyprus also recorded a decrease of more than 90 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019.
As for the other member states of the European Union, seven of them recorded a decline of more than 50 percent during the same period.
Conversely, among all reporting countries, Bulgaria and Lithuania recorded the lowest declines, at -26.4% and -10.0 percent, respectively.
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