Fred. Olsen Express expects over 140,000 passengers this Easter

In response to the demand from travellers, the ferry operator Fred. Olsen Express has scheduled 620 sailings across its inter-island routes from 22 to 31 March.

Fred. Olsen Express anticipates this Easter week will see over 140,000 passengers utilizing its services, with a total of 620 scheduled journeys for this period. These figures are on par with those from 2023, featuring an addition of 12 extra journeys on the route between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

The ferry company also expects to accommodate 35,000 vehicles throughout this timeframe. To cater to the demand, the availability of vehicle spaces, which dictates passenger capacity on the vessels, has been increased by 26% compared to a typical week. This enhancement facilitates group travel, be it with family or friends, averaging 4 passengers per vehicle.

Juan Ignacio Liaño, the fleet manager for Fred. Olsen Express, mentioned, “These numbers serve as a motivation for us to continually enhance our services. Yet again this year, we observe passengers placing their trust in us as a transport option for their holidays. We believe this trust stems from our punctuality, the flexibility we offer, and the convenience of travelling with unlimited luggage and, for those who choose, with their own vehicle, in addition to always adapting to market demands.”

Fred. Olsen Express expects over 140,000 passengers this Easter

He further added, “We are committed to ensuring the best travel experience for our customers, even during the busiest times of the year. That’s why we’ve recently announced the acquisition of two new RoRo cargo vessels, enabling us to offer more capacity for dedicated cargo transport while freeing up cargo space on inter-island routes for more passenger vehicles.”


With favourable weather predicted for these dates, routes like the one from Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura, which will be utilized by over 28,000 passengers and 9,000 vehicles between 22 and 31 March to enjoy leisure and beach activities, are particularly popular. Additionally, those seeking tranquillity or outdoor activities are opting for Fred. Olsen Express for travel between Tenerife and La Gomera, expecting over 33,000 passengers and 7,000 vehicles.

The route connecting Huelva with the capital islands, operated jointly with Baleària, will maintain its 3 weekly trips that have been in place since January. Thus, it will offer 9 trips during the Easter holidays, representing a 30% increase compared to the routes in 2023. This uplift is reflected in the passenger and vehicle forecasts, expected to cater to around 1,500 and 600 respectively, surpassing last year’s figures by more than 25%.


Fred. Olsen Express expects over 140,000 passengers this Easter

Celebrating 50 years of connecting the Canary Islands by sea, Fred. Olsen Express started its journey in 1974 with the inaugural Gomera Ferry service between San Sebastián de La Gomera and Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Ever since, it has been dedicated to the advancement of maritime transport within the archipelago, offering services characterized by modern ships designed for comfort, speed, and flexibility.

Committed to generating prosperity for the Canary Islands community, the ferry company employs around 1,000 individuals and operates across five shipping lines. Since 2018, it has also provided connections between the archipelago and the Iberian Peninsula, linking Gran Canaria and Tenerife with Huelva.

As a leader in the inter-island market, Fred. Olsen Express conducts an average of 22,000 trips annually, transporting over 3.5 million people, more than 63,000 pets, around one million cars, and approximately 1,300,000 linear meters of cargo. Since its establishment, over 85 million passengers have trusted the company.

Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Canary Islands Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, through its ‘In Harmony with the Sea’ initiative, Fred. Olsen Express incorporates innovation in its operations to minimize its environmental impact as much as possible.

Accessibility is a priority for the company. In 2022, it became the first to achieve AENOR’s Universal Accessibility certification, extended in 2023 to encompass its entire fleet and facilities.

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