Gozo’s fourth ferry ‘is here to stay’, according to Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana.
The Nikolaus was initially chartered from a Greek shipping company for six months and arrived in June.
Since then it has proved a huge hit with passengers, drastically reducing the queues at both Mgarr and Cirkewwa.
Dr Caruana said that Gozo Channel would retain the fourth ferry until a fresh call for a replacement was decided.
She added: ‘Despite the great influx of people, Gozo Channel’s operations were very regular, with the introduction of the fourth ship allowing more people to be carried with a greater efficiency and negligible waiting times.
‘Gozo is becoming a popular tourist destination all year round not only during Santa Marija week.’
The ferries handled around 221,000 passengers and 61,300 cars last week, operating more than 900 trips.
This marked an increase of 5% in passengers and 15% in cars compared to last year.
The minister thanked Gozo Channel on Facebook for the huge improvement in service.