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18/11/2021

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Logo Statistics Explained Following a revision of Spanish data, this news item has been updated on 29 November 2021.

In 2020, the total number of passengers embarked and disembarked in EU ports was 230 million. As the result of strict precautionary measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was almost half the amount of 2019 (418 million).

This information comes from data on maritime transport published by Eurostat recently. This article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained article.

After falling regularly between 2008 and 2014, with an exception of 2013 (+0.3% compared with 2012), the total number of passengers embarked and disembarked in EU ports recovered in the last five years to reach a peak in 2019 with 418 million.

Messina remained the largest EU passenger port in 2020

In 2020, the top 20 passenger ports accounted for close to 35% of the total number of passengers embarked and disembarked in the reporting EU countries.

The port of Messina in Italy remained the largest EU passenger port, with 7.7 million passengers. This port was followed by Reggio Di Calabria in Italy (7.5 million passengers) and by two ports in Greece, Paloukia Salaminas and Perama (each recording 5.7 million passengers).

 

Bar chart: Bar chart: Top 20 EU maritime ports embarking and disembarking passengers, EU, 2019 and 2020, in thousands

Source dataset: mar_mp_aa_pphd

 

All the top 20 ports recorded substantial declines in 2020. The largest fall was recorded in Calais in France (-61.4% compared with 2019), losing 6 positions in the ranking for 2020.

Similarly, Helsinki (Finland), Piraeus (Greece), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsingborg (Sweden) and Helsingør (Elsinore; Denmark) all saw passenger numbers decline by more than a half over this period. At the other end of the scale, Piombino (Italy) registered the smallest decline (-8.3%), albeit still substantial.

 

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