Records of transits in the port of Bari last weekend: 61 thousand passengers and 14 thousand cars with favored destinations Albania, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. Three out of four passengers transited from Bari and only a third on the way, and the missing destinations grew, above all, Albania, 66% of the total, followed, in the second half, from Greece, 24%, and for the remainder, 10%, from Croatia, especially, and by Montenegro.
The numbers achieved confirm a growing trend of traffic ferries compared to 2014, in the comparison between the first week of August 2015 and the same as last year, meaning passengers up 17.7% and transportation by nearly 32.3 %. The figures released by the Port Authority of Levante in Bari are even better than those recorded in the previous week-end, in late July, when passengers passed were 48 thousand, 10 thousand cars and trucks and buses almost 1,500. So much traffic, which in those days had also caused delays in the early stages of boarding due to congestion of the square Marisabella, was then managed best last weekend without any major inconvenience.
As for destinations it is evident that tourism to Greece is picking up and that Albania begins recording tourist movements consistent, as evidenced by the shipment of many campers and groups of young Italian vacationers, events never occurred before. Behind these increases is the choice, claimed by a commissioner of the Port Authority of the Levant, Francis Mariani, “to maintain, in all areas of traffic, advertising platforms and public support to all private operators who intend to activate new lines at our ports. ” Together startup of other container lines – from Gioia Tauro and Taranto – the port of Bari has invested significant modernization of the docks of the western dock to allow the arrival – just from Albania – a new ship with better services to passengers according to the expectations of the government of the country of the Eagles several times in recent years representative.
There remains the issue of the overall rehabilitation of port infrastructure and for this it is necessary that the government Renzi finance development programs in support of strategic infrastructure of the South announced by Minister Graziano Delrio.