There will be no high-speed ferry service between Málaga and Melilla this summer, the decision having been made for economic reasons.
There has been a high-speed ferry service during the summer, Semana Santa, ‘puentes’ and public holidays since 2002, allowing travel between Málaga and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The travelling time was three hours and 45 minutes, compared to seven and a half hours via the normal ferry.
The service is operated by Acciona Trasmediterránea and the decision to cancel was taken for economic reasons. Low passenger numbers and high operating costs meant the service ran at a deficit. Acciona also faced stiff competition from the Armas shipping company who run a high quality service, all year round, between Motril and Melilla.