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DREM releases transport statistics for 2020 

Land transport – Pandemic effects triggered a decrease in the main indicators  

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 4.9 million. In the urban lines there were 3.2 million passengers and in the intercity lines 1.7 million. In 2020, 11.3 million passengers were counted in the urban lines (-34.1% than in 2019) and 5.7 million were transported in the intercity lines. 

In 2020, 271 thousand tickets were sold to users of cable cars of Madeira (-71.2% compared to 2019). 89.1% of these tickets were purchased by adults, 4.6% for children and the remaining 6.3% for other users (e.g. farmers, residents, students, etc...). Total revenue for the year was approximately € 2.9 million, down by 72.3% compared to 2019. It should be noted that in the 4th quarter of 2020, the number of tickets sold did not reach one-fifth of the value of the same period of 2019 (42,300, -80.5%). Revenue also plummeted by 82.5% to 434,000 euros. After an almost full stop in the activity in the 2nd quarter, the revenue in the 3rd quarter and 4th quarters remained in both cases below 20% of the 2019 level, which is due to the dependence of this activity of inbound tourism.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Vehicle Registration Offices of Madeira recorded a transfer of 2,359 used vehicles, 83.6% of which were light passenger and 13.0% light cargo vehicles. 81 heavy used vehicles were also registered, about 3.4% of the total. Compared to the year-ago period, the vehicle sale registries of used cars decreased by 32.1%. In 2020, 10,293 records of transfer of ownership of used motor vehicles were carried out, representing a change of -24.5% compared to 2019.

According to data provided by the Regional Directorate of Roads (DRE), in 2020, total road traffic in the aggregate of Via Rápida and Vias Expresso decreased by 18.2%, as well as light traffic (-18.1%) and heavy traffic (-22.3%). April, the month in which the restrictions were most severe, recorded a 65.3%decrease compared to the same month of 2019, while in May this drop was 38.8%. The reductions were progressively eased until September (-8.4%) to grow from there until December (-15.1%). The average daily road traffic recorded in the counters of Via Litoral and Via Expresso amounted to 828,161 vehicles in 2020. In Via Rápida, 404,316 thousand km were travelled this year.

In 2020, 2,460 road accidents were recorded with police intervention, with the number of victims standing at 906 (down by 319 from 2019). Among these, 829 were classified as slightly injured, 67 as seriously injured and 10 as dead victims. 

Air transport – Passengers in Madeira’s airports were around one-third compared to 2019

In air transport, the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo recorded a movement of 244.8 thousand passengers during the fourth quarter of 2020, a 67.5% drop compared to the same period of 2019. In the two airports in Madeira, there was a decrease in passenger movement, with Madeira and Porto Santo recording year-on-year drops of 67.5% and 65.2% respectively, thus showing the very strong impact that the restrictive measures for containment of COVID-19 also had on the airports of the Region. In fact, the cumulated figures for 2020 show that the passenger movement at the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo was about 1,171.7 thousand, meaning a decrease of 65.2%, i.e. a decline of almost two-thirds compared to 2019. 

Maritime transport – Madeira-Porto Santo sealine with fewer passengers in 2020. Movement of goods decreased.  

In sea transport, the Ports authority counted 70 cruise ships in the seaports of Madeira in 2020, down by 228 compared to the previous year, with the number of passengers in transit also decreasing by 75.7%. Note that in the 2nd and 3rd quarter there were no cruises ships in the seaports of Madeira. 

In the 4th quarter 2020, the passenger movement in Madeira’s ports in the Madeira-Porto Santo sea lines decreased by 27.5% year-on-year. The rate of change in 2020 was -32.2%, with the total of passengers standing at 240.5 thousand. 

Regarding the movement of goods in Madeira's ports, the statistics for the 4th quarter of 2020 show a negative trend vis-à-vis the same period of 2019 (-7.3%) determined by the decrease in both the unloaded  (-7.0%) and loaded goods (-9.6%). Compared to the previous year, the overall movement of goods in 2020 dropped by 10.4%. The unloaded and loaded goods decreased by 10.0% and 13.7%, respectively. 

In 2020, 1,068 recreational vessels entered the Region’s marinas, representing a decrease of 47.2% compared to 2019. These vessels carried 2,637 crew members and passengers, down by 2,920 from the previous year.

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