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DREM releases third quarter transport statistics and a time series for the period 1976-2020

Land transport - Increases in the main indicators compared to 2020, but without reaching the figures of 2019

According to data compiled by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira, the collective transport of passengers by bus recorded a total of 5.4 million passengers in the third quarter of 2021. In urban lines, 3.4 million passengers were transported and in intercity lines about 2.0 million. Between January and September 2021, urban lines carried 8.9 million passengers, +9.6% compared to the same period in 2020 and -30.7% compared to the same period in 2019. In the intercity lines, 5.4 million passengers were transported, reflecting a growth of 34.9% compared to the same period of the previous year and a change of -8.6% compared to 2019.

In the first nine months of 2021, around 304.1 thousand tickets were sold by the cableways installed in the Region (+32.9% than in the same period in 2020, -58.0% compared to 2019), 91.2% for adults, 5.0% for children and the remaining 3.9% for other types of users (eg: farmers, residents, students, etc...). In the same period, total revenue was approximately EUR 3.0 million, a 20.8% growth when compared to the previous year (-62.7% over 2019). It should be noted that in the third quarter of 2021, the number of tickets sold grew sharply compared to the same period in 2020 (283.9%, -11.1% compared to 2019). The revenue reached EUR 2.4 million, an increase of 347.4% compared to the third quarter of 2020 (-14.2% compared to 2019). 

Moreover, in the third quarter of 2021, the Registries of the Region recorded the transfer of registration of 2,286 used vehicles, 86.1% of which were passenger cars and 13.1% were cargo vehicles. There were also 18 registries of heavy vehicles, about 0.8% of the total. Compared to the year-ago period, the number of registrations of used cars decreased by 834, a 26.7% decrease (-34.4% compared to the same period in 2019). For the first nine months of 2021, 7,754 transfers of ownership of used motor vehicles registrations were carried out, resulting in a year-on-year change of -2.3% compared to 2020 and of -23.7% compared to 2019.

According to the information collected by ACAP - Associação Automóvel de Portugal from the Institute of Registries and Notary, in the first nine months of 2021, a total of 3,545 new vehicles were purchased by residents of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. Between July and September 2021, 1,622 vehicles were counted, which compared to the period from April to June 2021 represented an increase of 621 vehicles.

Provisional data provided by the Madeira Regional Command of the Public Security Police (PSP) show that from January to September 2021 2,024 traffic accidents were recorded with police intervention, and the number of victims was 766, up by 96 over in the same period of 2020 (-175 when compared to the same period in 2019), which means an increase of 14.3% (a drop of 18.6% compared to 2019). Of that total number of victims, 702 were counted as lightly injuries, 57 as serious injuries and 7 as fatalities.

According to data provided by the Regional Directorate of Roads (DRE), total road traffic on both Via Rápida and Vias Expresso increased by 17.1% in the third quarter of 2021, although compared to the same period in 2019 there was a smaller increase of 3.1%. The rise between 2020 and 2021 was in both light traffic (+16.4%) and heavy traffic (+53.6%), although heavy traffic doubled, which could be explained by the recovery of the tourism industry and the growth in Construction sector.

Air transport - Passenger movement at the Autonomous Region of Madeira airports grew significantly in the third quarter of 2021 but did not reach 2019 figures

According to air transport, the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo recorded a movement of 863.5 thousand passengers in the third quarter of 2021, showing a 185.5% increase vis-a-vis 2020, but a 12.4 %. decrease when compared to 2019. In both airports, there was an increase in passenger movement compared to 2020, with Madeira and Porto Santo recording year-on-year  changes of 184.0% and 202.3%, respectively. Moreover, both airports did not reach the figures of 2019,  with  passenger movement in Madeira airport having a decrease of 13.2% while in Porto Santo airport the drop stood at 3.5%. Between January and September, the movement of passengers at the airports of Autonomous Region of Madeira was approximately 1,308.7 thousand, meaning a year-on-year increase of 41.2% compared to 2020 and a 50.0% decrease from 2019.

Regarding air cargo, there was an increase in the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira in the third quarter of the year in both unloaded goods (32.1%) and loaded goods (10.7%), but when compared to 2019 there was a drop of 23.6% in loaded goods and of 3.0% in unloaded goods. Year to date (until September 2021) and compared to the same period of the last two years, there was also an increase in both flows compared to 2020 (+20.1% in unloaded goods and +11.0% in loaded goods) and a small decrease compared to 2019 (-12.4% in unloaded goods and -17.7% in loaded goods).

Maritime transport - Madeira-Porto Santo Line recovered slightly in the number of passengers and the movement of goods in the third quarter of 2021

Regarding the mode of maritime transport, between January and September 2021, 4 cruise ships entered the ports of Madeira, 64 fewer than in the same period last year (-161 vis-a-vis 2019), carrying 86 passengers in transit.  In the third quarter, there was one stopover of a ship without passengers in transit.

In the third quarter of this year, the passenger movement in the Madeira-Porto Santo Sealine increased by 1.8% vis-a-vis 2020, almost reaching the figures of 2019 (- 4.0%).  In the first nine months of 2021, the number of transported  passengers was 196.4 thousand, which represents a slightly higher value compared to the previous year (+0.4%, -33.0% compared to 2019).

Regarding the movement of goods in Madeira's ports, in the reference quarter  there was a growth over the same of period last year (+8.6%, +2.3% compared to 2019) determined by an increase in unloading (+9.2%, +4.0% compared to 2019), as well as in the loading (+4.6%, -8.4% compared to 2019) of goods, but in this case just when compared to 2020. The y-o-y year to date change was also positive (+6.0%) and shared by unloaded (+5.7%) and loaded goods  (+8.5%), but when compared to 2019 the movement of goods was lower (-5.5% in the total movement of goods, -5.8% in unloaded and -3.1% in loaded goods).

In the first three quarters of 2021, 1,229 recreational vessels entered the marinas of the Region, representing a 64.1% growth when compared to the same period in 2020 (-17.5% compared to 2019). These vessels had 2,305 crew members and passengers, +58.6% than in the same period last year (-42.6% compared to 2019). In the third quarter of 2021, the increase in vessels was more noteworthy (+81.6%), as well as in crew members and passengers (+95.2%) but compared to 2019 there was a slight drop in both the number of vessels (-1.4%) and the number of crew members and passengers (-5.8%).

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For the period 1976 - 2020

Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira releases a time series on Transport Statistics

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) releases today, on its official statistics website, a time series on Transport Statistics updated with the data for 2020, having been included several new tables with information related to land transport. The series now has over 130 tables, being the most compreheensive of the series released by DREM.

The information for the 1976-2020 period is presented in three different chapters:

- Land transport - data on urban and intercity passenger transport by bus, road accidents, registered vehicles sold, tickets sold and revenues in cable cars, licensed taxis, road traffic and insured vehicless;

- Air transport - data on airport traffic, namely flights, passengers, cargo and mail;

- Maritime transport - data on seaport traffic, namely vessels, passengers and cargo in the ports of Madeira.

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