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[Updated on September 20, 2019: Information on recreational vessels entered in the marinas was added; The data on passenger movement in the Madeira-Porto Santo sea line were corrected.]

DREM releases information on Transports statistics for the 1st half of 2019 

Land transport – Passenger transport by bus and cableways increased year-on-year; Acquisition of used vehicles dropped

According to the data compiled by DREM, the passenger transport by bus in the 1st half of this year stood at 12.5 million, up by 2.2% from the year-ago period. Between January and June of 2019, 8.6 million passengers were counted in the urban lines (year-on-year change rate of +3.5%) and 3.9 million in the intercity lines (-0.7%).

In the first half of 2019 there were 467,217 tickets sold on cableways in the Region (+7.5% compared to the same period last year), 93.8% of which for adults, 3.5% for children and the remaining for other type of users (eg: farmers, residents, students, etc…). Total revenue exceeded € 5.3 million, an increase of 8.0% compared to the first semester of 2018.

From January to May 2019, and compared to the same period of 2018, there was a 4.2% increase in the acquisition of light passenger car by units resident in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (1 654) and a 2.6% increase in light cargo vehicles (197). Compared to the same period of last year, the total number of registries went up by 86 (a year-on-year increase of 4.7%).

In the first six months of 2019, the Vehicle Registration Offices of Madeira registered a transfer of 6,675 used vehicles, 84.9% of which were light passenger and 14.0% light cargo vehicles. 68 heavy used vehicles were registered, about 1.0% of total. Compared to the year-ago period, the vehicle sale registries of used cars decreased by 2.0%.

Air transport – Passengers in Madeira’s airports increased by 2.1% year-on-year

In air transport, the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo recorded a movement of 1.6 million passengers during the 2nd quarter of 2019, a 2.1% increase compared to the same period of 2018.

Maritime transport - Passengers in transit in Madeira’s ports increased. Movement of goods decreased. Passengers in the Madeira – Porto Santo sea line increased

In sea transport, the Ports authority counted 151 cruise ships in the seaport of Funchal in the first half of 2019 (up by four compared to the first half of the previous year). The number of passengers in transit also increased by 15.4%. The seaport of Funchal received a total of 313,221 transit passengers, the majority of them (88.5%) Europeans. Between January and June 2019, Germans were the most common European nationality among those who visited Madeira aboard cruise ships (149,975, a year-on-year rate of change of +21.5%), followed by the British (73,834, -14.6%) and the Italians (10,196, +53.2%).

The passenger movement in the Madeira – Porto Santo sea line increased by 18.2% year-on-year, to a total of 285,014.

Regarding the movement of goods in Madeira's ports, the statistics for the first half of 2019 show a positive trend vis-a-vis the same period of 2018 (+4.9%) determined by an increase (+6.2%) in the unloaded goods that offset the drop in loaded goods (-3.6%).

In the first half of 2019, 688 recreational vessels entered in the marinas of the Region in the first half of 2019, representing a 6,0% increase compared to the first half of 2018. These vessels carried 2 523 crew members and passengers, up by 310 from the same period last year.

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