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DREM releases information on Transports statistics for the 1st quarter of 2020 

Land transport - Main indicators show a decrease compared to the first quarter of 2019

According to the data compiled by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM), the passenger transport by bus in the reference period stood at 6.1 million. Between January and March of 2020, 4.0 million were counted in the urban lines and 2.1 million in the intercity lines. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, there was an 8.1% reduction in passengers transported in urban lines, a drop mainly determined by the March reduction (-36.6%). For intercity lines, the rate of change is unavailable due to the fact that one of the enterprises has changed the ticketing system, so the data are not comparable to those of the previous year, determining a series break.

Between January and March of 2020 there were 166,784 tickets sold on cableways in the Region (-24.2% compared to the same period last year), 92.9% of which for adults, 3.9% for children and the remaining 3.2% for other type of users (eg: farmers, residents, students, etc…). Total revenue did not exceed €2.0 million, a decrease of 22.1% compared to the first quarter of 2019. This negative growth is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with March 2020 registering decreases of 58.2% and 56.1%, in ticket sales and total revenue, respectively.

In the first three months of 2020, the Vehicle Registration Offices of Madeira reported a transfer of 3,287 used vehicles, 81.0% of which were light passenger and 16.5% light cargo vehicles. 82 heavy used vehicles were registered, about 2.5% of total. Compared to the year-ago period, the vehicle sale registries of used cars decreased by 5.1%.

628 road accidents were recorded with police intervention in the first quarter of 2020, with the number of victims standing at 240 (down by 52 from 2019). Among these, 220 were classified as slightly injured, 18 as seriously injured and 2 as dead victims.

Acquisition of electric vehicles in the Autonomous Region of Madeira grew almost 90% in 2019

According to data collected by DREM from ACAP, in 2019, 127 fully electric vehicles were purchased by residents, representing an increase of 89.6% compared to 2018 (67 vehicles). 38 plug-in hybrids were also purchased in 2019.

Air transport - Passengers in Madeira’s airports decreased by 16.1% year-on-year

In air transport, the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo recorded a movement of 613.4 thousand passengers during the 1st quarter of 2020, a 16.1% decrease compared to the same period of 2019. Air transport is very much affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and in March the number of passengers at Madeira’s airports has dropped to about half compared to the same month last year.

Maritime transport - Passengers in transit in Madeira’s ports and passengers in the Madeira-Porto Santo sealine declined compared to the corresponding period of 2019. Movement of goods and recreational vessels entered in the marinas increased.

In sea transport, the Ports authority counted 68 cruise ships in the seaport of Funchal in the first quarter of 2020 (down by 24 compared to the first quarter of the previous year). The number of passengers in transit also decreased 31.3%. Breaking down by month, the data show that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt also in maritime transport, with March recording a 71.3% drop in the number of passengers in transit compared to the same month of the previous year. In fact, cruise ships were forbid to dock from March,12th on.

The seaport of Funchal received a total of 143,132 transit passengers, the majority of them (98.3%) Europeans. Between January and March 2020, Germans were the most common nationality among those who visited Madeira aboard cruise ships (85,150, a year-on-year rate of change of -28.5%), followed by the British (36,470, -14.6%), Italians (3,439, +8.5%) and USA citizens (840, -86.9%)

The passenger movement in the Madeira-Porto Santo sea line decreased by 40.2% year-on-year.

Regarding the movement of goods in Madeira’s ports, the statistics for the 1st quarter of 2020 show a positive trend vis-à-vis the same period of 2019 (+1.3%) determined by the increase (+1.7%) in the unloaded goods, since the volume of loaded goods declined (-1.1%).

221 recreational vessels entered in the marinas of the Region in the first quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 6.3% compared to the first quarter of 2019. These vessels carried 558 crew members and passengers, down by 328 from the same period last year.

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Final results for 2019 of transport statistics already available

DREM also releases today the publication “Transport statistics for the Autonomous Region of Madeira-2019” with data for land, air and sea transport.

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