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BC Ferries has released its first quarter results of 2022, revealing an increase in overall traffic, revenue and net earnings.

According to the report, the first three months of the year saw a 74% increase in passenger traffic and 42% in vehicle traffic, compared to the same time period as last year. 

This quarter marked the highest ever first quarter for vehicle traffic.

Revenue during the first quarter of 2022 was also up, an increase of $37.5 million compared to the same period the year prior. 

Net earnings for the first quarter were $7.9 million compared to $4.7 million in the same period the previous year.

“We are emerging from the pandemic grateful to the federal and provincial governments for pandemic relief funding, and to BC Ferries’ employees for their commitment to put safety first, operate in the public interest, and ensure ferry travel is as reliable as possible,” said Jill Sharland, BC Ferries’ Interim President and CEO. 

“Going forward, our focus remains on ensuring the well being and safety of our employees and our customers.”

BC Ferries has experienced significant hardships in 2022 so far, experiencing the impact of crew shortages, cancellations of routes and the firing of CEO Mark Collins.

However, according to the report, less than 1% of scheduled round trips were cancelled due to crewing shortages.

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