Islands’ summer passenger ferry volumes almost at pre-crisis levels

Estonia’s two largest islands, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, saw a greater number of visitors in summer 2021 than the previous summer, and cargo transit in particular grew over that time.

The rise came despite one of the ferries which serves the islands being out of service several weeks after a minor collision, though it also reflects eased coronavirus restrictions; Saaremaa in particular was virtually closed off to all bar island residents during the peak of the coronavirus first wave and into early summer 2020.

Road Administration (Maanteeamet) public transport department chief Kirke Williamson said so far as ferry traffic goes, pre-crisis levels had been restored this summer.

She said: “The number of ferry passengers on island routes was essentially the same this year as in 2019. Without the disruption that occurred on the route for two weeks this summer, the number of passengers could have been even larger.

Bus traffic fell, however, mainly due to the fall in foreign tourists amid coronavirus travel restrictions.

Changes on year to May-August 2021:

Read more: ERR.EE

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