The two firms operating the fast ferry service between Valletta and Mgarr, Gozo, have merged operations under a common name to offer customers a unified service.
To date, the ferry line has been operated by Virtu Ferries and Gozo Fast Ferry, and from 1st July, the firms will operate under a common brand known as Gozo Highspeed.
In a statement, the company said, “With years of experience in the ferry industry, Gozo Highspeed’s team of experts is dedicated to providing a top-notch service that surpasses expectations. Every aspect of the journey, from boarding to arrival, is meticulously designed to create a smooth and enjoyable experience for all passengers.”
The company will also introduce two new offers, whereby travellers can obtain a return ticket to Gozo for €9.50 through their online booking platform, and Gozitan residents may obtain seven return tickets to be used within a week for €20.00.
Both companies will continue to operate their own ferries separately under the newly launched service, using one ticketing system and one ferry schedule.
Since the fast ferry service launched in June 2021, it has been anything but smooth sailing. One of the main concerns raised by MEP and former Prime Minister Alfred Sant was that the ferry line was operated by two competing companies. He questioned how such an operation could be profitable.
Furthermore, operators have slashed their schedules several times and called for subsidies in order to support operations due to concerns of viability. This has led to stakeholders such as the Gozo Business Chamber to call for the service to be recognised as an essential service.
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