NLC Ferry Ab Oy I Pressrelease I 7.1.2022
Record year for Cargo on Wasaline – Strong recovery on the passenger segment despite the pandemy year 2021
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic that continued for most of 2021, passenger volumes increased by 87.5% and Wasaline carried 107,659 passengers (57,415). The number of passenger vehicles increased by 69.2%. During the Autumn, when the corona passport was used for entry, the passenger growth was significant. After the traffic start of Aurora Botnia, passenger volymes was all-time high every month. Unfortunately, the positive development was interrupted in mid-December when the new Covid-19 variant and tightening of travel restrictions were introduced again.
The departures increased by 21.3% to 990 departures (816).
Cargo volyme was all time high since Wasaline started the traffic 2013, and cargo units increased by 25.3%. The increase in tonnes was 27.5%. Every month throughout 2021, the company has had growth in cargo volumes.
“Despite all the challenges we still have with Covid-19, I look forward to 2022. We have always been able to adapt costs and traffic to the different scenarios that the pandemic has caused and have been able to concentrate on the segments where we see growth. Despite all the challenges we have had, we will be able to present a positive financial result also for 2021“, says Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director of Wasaline.
“We can only hope that everyone soon realizes that the pandemic cannot be stopped by restricting travel between neighboring countries,” he continues.
“Our organization has adapted to the new situation and continues to be very cost-effective. With a steady increase on the cargo side, we see that Aurora Botnia, which has greater freight capacity, is delivering continued growth. The increased frequency has been very well received by our cargo customers and passengers. We would like to thank all our cargo customers and passengers. I would also like to thank all the staff who do an outstanding job daily of reviewing all costs and ensuring that the traffic works smoothly across Kvarken“, says Peter Ståhlberg, CEO of Wasaline.
For more information:
Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director, [email protected], phone: +358 40 5592353
Wasaline is the northernmost shipping company that transports passengers and cargo daily between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden. Wasaline’s new vessel, Aurora Botnia, is the most environmentally friendly passenger ferry in the world. For more information: www.wasaline.com