Passengers are returning quickly, especially to long-distance trains.
In the first half of this year, Czech Railways (CD) carried 75 million passengers, 25 million (49 percent) more than in the same period of 2021. However, the carrier is far from its pre-coronovirus numbers, reporting 92 million passengers in the first half of 2019.
“The half-year figures clearly confirm that people are returning to trains. We see faster growth especially in the second quarter, when the last measures, including the mask mandate, on public transport disappeared. At that time, we were already transporting about 86 percent of passengers compared to the year before the coronavirus pandemic,” said Ceske drahy CEO Michal Krapinec.
CD’s data shows that passengers are returning quickly, especially on long-distance trains. In fact, the average transport distance is 48 kilometers (year-on-year plus eight kilometers), which is more than in 2019 (46 kilometers). CD’s passenger transport performance reached 3.6 billion passenger-kilometers in the first half of the year, up 81 percent year-on-year. In the first half of 2019, it was 4.2 billion passenger-kilometers.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.