Italy’s Ferry Sector Rides High with Strong Summer Traffic Growth in 2023

By 17 November 20232023 Newsletter week 46
November 17, 2023

Italy experienced robust growth in ferry traffic during the summer of 2023, according to official data from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. The ferry sector witnessed a noteworthy surge in the number of passengers transported, as revealed by the statistics for the July-August 2023 period.

Comparing this two-month interval with the same period in 2022, there was a remarkable 7% increase in ferry passengers. The growth becomes even more apparent when juxtaposed with the figures from July-August 2019, with a substantial 22% rise. Looking at the broader picture, the January-August 2023 period showcased a 25% surge in ferry passenger traffic compared to the same period in 2019.

This positive trend in 2023 follows a challenging period in 2020, marked by a 29% drop in ferry passenger numbers. The sector showed signs of recovery in 2021, narrowing the gap to -10%, and continued the upward trajectory in 2022 with a notable 15% increase.

The buoyant growth in ferry traffic during the summer of 2023 not only signifies a rebound from the setbacks of 2020 but also demonstrates the resilience and vitality of Italy’s maritime transportation sector. The significant year-over-year and pre-pandemic comparisons underscore the sector’s ability to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment.