According to surveys the total number of passengers who travelled by ferry between the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett during 2019 amounted to almost 1.5 million persons, the Ministy for Transport said in a statement.
It also announced that a new bus service linking Marsamxett ferry landing place to the Grand Harbour has been launched. The service will be free of charge for ferry passengers.
The Minister for Transport Ian Borg launched this new bus service Monday morning.
An electric bus will be imported to run this service. However, in the meantime a normal public bus will be used to run the route.
The bus service will be every 30 minutes in synchronisation with the arrival of the ferry. The ferry will be operating between 06:45 and 19:00 from Monday to Saturday and between 08:55 to 18:10 on Sundays and holidays.
From Sliema to Three Cities in 40 minutes
The service will be provided by Marsamxetto Steam Ferry Services limited in conjunction with Transport Malta and Malta Public Transport, is a first for inter-island transport in Malta.
The company CEO Edward Zammit Tabona said: “We are putting into practice our vision to offer commuters a quick, cost-effective and efficient transportation option that will save them time and reduce congestion on Malta’s roads.”
Commuters will be able to travel between Sliema and the Three Cities in just 40 minutes following the launch of a direct ferry service that will use a seamless combination of sea and land transport.