February 2021 visitor count down from February 2021

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But numbers show more people came to Island last month than in January

The visitor count for February 2021 was 60.5% less than last year at the same time, according to numbers recently released by Love Catalina Island.

“February 2021 was below the three-year average of 40,547 by 45.2%. February was below the five-year average of 44,778 by 50.4% and the ten-year average of 48,550 by 54.2%,” according to the Love Catalina website.

On the positive side, overall visitor counts increased a lot from 10,521 in January 2021 to 22,225 in February 2021.

Overall visitor traffic decreased by 34,111 individuals from the same month in 2020, according to Love Catalina.

“Passengers arriving by sea, including private boaters, was 20,133 for the month of February, down 63.4% from 55,070 last year,” according to Love Catalina.

“February Cross Channel passenger counts were down 43.3% year-over-year @ 19,041 vs. 33,582 last year,” according to Love Catalina.

Cruise passenger counts were down by 100%.

“Cross Channel Carriers made up 85.67% of total monthly arrivals,” according to Love Catalina.

“Private Boater passenger counts were down year-over-year by 45.4% @ 1,092,” according to Love Catalina.

The numbers weren’t all bad. Air passenger counts increased from February 2020 to February 2021.

“People aboard planes (Airport in the Sky) was up 9.5% @ 1,386,” according to the website.

Helicopter travel also increased, from zero to 706 passengers, but IEX did not provide service last February.

“February people aboard Helicopters made up 3.18% of total monthly arrivals,” according to the website.

“February people aboard planes made up 6.24% of total monthly arrivals,” according to Love Catalina.

February 2021 visitor count down from February 2021