The Slovak railway company is struggling with the loss of passengers, and is also considering extraordinary measures
The railway company Slovensko, as (ZSSK) is recording the number of passengers this year as well. In the ten months of the current year, it has transported more than 38 million people by train, which is 7.4 percent less or three million less than in the same period last year.
Compared to the pre-pandemic year 2019, the decrease will reach 41.5 percent, resp. 27 million passengers. “We expect that by the end of this year, the transported passengers will be even more pronounced,” ZSSK spokesman Tomáš Kováč told SITA.
Passengers also lost for free
The share of passengers entitled to free transport in total transport during the period also decreased, by 38 percent in 2019 to 31 percent this year. From the beginning of the year to the end of October 2021, the trains of the national passenger carrier carried 11.6 loves of free passengers, their number decreased by 18 percent year-on-year, ie by almost 2.6 loves.
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Compared to the same period in 2019, 53 percent, or 13 million, of these passengers were lost. “The decline in free transport mainly reflects the fact that schools are in distance education or that standard teaching is taking place.” remarked Blacksmith.
One – third outage of passengers
During the current lockdown, the Slovak Railway Company registers an approximately one-third drop in the number of passengers. At the same time, it is negotiating with the Ministry of Transport and Construction as the client of transport services in the public interest on certain restrictions.
The company has admitted that it will be forced to take emergency measures under stricter measures and the spread of the disease.