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2.6 million passengers chose Fred. Olsen Express to travel between Islands in 2021

Since 2017, the shipping company has transported more than 14 million people, consolidating the maritime connectivity of the Archipelago.
In the last five years, it has invested EUR 187 million in the renewal of its fleet, with the incorporation of four state-of-the-art ships that improve comfort and speed on journeys.

Fred. Olsen Express moved more than 2.6 million passengers through its six operating routes in 2021. Figures that, still far from the 3,500,000 travelers in 2019, show signs of improvement in the connectivity of the Archipelago. The shipping company, faithful to its commitment to the comfort, speed and safety of the traveler, has invested EUR 187 million in the last five years to renew its fleet, with the acquisition of four state-of-the-art vessels.

Since 2017, Fred. Olsen Express has connected 14 million passengers between islands, consolidating its leadership in the Archipelago as the preferred company for travelers to travel between islands. 2,025,000 of which traveled in one of the four recently incorporated ships.

Fred. Olsen Express places the traveler and their comfort at the center of its proposal and has invested continuously in the last five years in the renewal of its fleet and in improving the efficiency and sustainability of its routes. Since 2017, Fred. Olsen Express has put into service the BENCHI EXPRESS and BETANCURIA EXPRESS catamarans and, recently, the BAJAMAR EXPRESS and BANADEROS EXPRESS trimarans, which provide greater stability and comfort in navigation.

According to the CEO of Fred. Olsen Express, Andrés Marín, “our commitment to always place the traveler in the center, leads us to permanently invest in improving comfort and speed when traveling. This commitment has been rewarded by the trust of the thousands of passengers who, for yet another year, have chosen Fred. Olsen Express to travel between islands. For them and thanks to them we continue working to improve comfort, reduce travel times and take care of the environment ”.

A commitment to the continuous improvement of connectivity between islands

The beginnings of the shipping company in the Archipelago have a strong link with La Gomera, since it was in 1904 when it began to operate with a maritime route dedicated to the export of tomatoes and bananas to Europe.

As part of his close relationship with the Columbian island, Fred. Olsen Express made an investment of three million euros in summer 2017 to incorporate the BENCHI EXPRESS to cover the internal route of La Gomera, which passes through the three busiest points on the island, and which it has transported to date some 186,000 people. It is currently out of service due to low demand for the route. 

The company reached a new milestone in October 2018 with the introduction of the BETANCURIA EXPRESS, the largest catamaran in the world at that time, with which the eastern islands were joined through the new passenger terminal of the Grande Poniente dock of the port of La Luz and Las Palmas. Fred. Olsen Express made an investment of EUR 44 million for the acquisition, renovation and modernization of this vessel.

Since then, the BETANCURIA EXPRESS has handled 1,241,000 passengers. It currently covers the route between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Morro Jable, Fuerteventura.

Fred. Olsen Express has continued to work on offering the best service on board with the latest technology possible, fusing sustainability, comfort and speed through the introduction of the new trimarans. The investment in the construction of both vessels, which arrived in the Canary Islands in 2020 and 2021, has been more than EUR 140 million. The new trimarans have carried 597,000 passengers until December 2021.

The BAJAMAR EXPRESS and BANADEROS EXPRESS are fast ferries that, based on the experience of 15 years in service of the BENCHIJIGUA EXPRESS, provide maximum comfort during the crossing by having three axes of support over the sea, which It represents a leap in quality in the passenger experience.

In addition, these ships are more respectful with the environment, since they have significant improvements in fuel optimization and have been built with lighter structures and sustainable materials, incorporating significant advances in terms of accessibility. Another of its innovations is the use of Big Data that allows navigation to be adapted according to the weather conditions on each trip. 

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