Last year, the number of passengers and the number of vehicles increased in the six ports managed by the entity in which operate regular lines
The ports of the public business entity Puertos Canarios, dependent on the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of the Government of the Canary Islands headed by Pablo Rodríguez, registered last year 2016 a traffic of 4,249,123 regular line passengers, which means an increase of 4.60 percent over the previous year, in which the ports of the network used a total of 4,062,262 passengers.
The Vice-president and Minister of Public Works and Transports of the Regional Executive puts in value the good data on inter-island traffic registered last year and highlights the importance of the Canarian ports in the project to consolidate the Trans-Seismic Hub in the Archipelago.
In the six general interest ports where regular lines operate, vehicle traffic also increased, from a total of 939,028 in 2015 to 1,002,606 in 2016, an increase of 6.77 percent. Disaggregated by type of vehicles, in 2016 832,889 passenger cars (cars, buses and motorbikes) and 169,717 commercial vehicles (vans, trucks, containers, etc.) were embarked and disembarked in the ports managed by the entity. Specifically, a total of 810,438 cars, 15,395 bikes and 7,056 buses moved between the islands through Canary Islands ports.
The number of passenger cars that used the Puertos Canarios ports as a nexus between islands increased by 6.81 per cent over the previous year (779,805 in 2015), while commercial vehicles did so by 6.59 per cent compared to 2015, that is, from 159,223 in 2015 to 169,717 in 2016.
The ports with the highest passenger traffic in 2016 were those of Corralejo, in Fuerteventura, and Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, with 1,069,807 passengers and a growth over the previous year of 3.90 percent; Followed by the Port of Las Nieves in Gran Canaria, which recorded traffic of 857,119 passengers, 2.81 percent more than in 2015; and the port of Morro Jable, with 530,382 regular line passengers, an increase of 2.22 percent over 2015.
The most significant increase in inter-island traffic was recorded by the Caleta de Sebo in La Graciosa and Órzola, located in the north of Lanzarote, which accounted for the embarkation and disembarkation of 361,004 passengers, 11.01% more than past year.
In terms of vehicle traffic, the largest increase in the number of vehicles that embarked and disembarked in the ports of the Puertos Canarios’ network in which regular lines operate, was registered by the ports of Corralejo and Playa Blanca, with an increase, from 2015, of 7.63 percent, 242,672 compared to 225,468 in 2015.
In the Port of Las Nieves, vehicle traffic increased by 6.38 percent, from 289,017 to 307,448 from 2015 to 2016, and Morro Jable by 5.39 percent, from 199,075 in 2015 to 209,814 in 2016.