Due to the spread of the omicron variant, České dráhy has also prepared scenarios for reducing traffic in the event of a large shortage of employees.
Due to the drop in demand from January 24 to the end of February, Czech Railways will reduce the operation of SuperCity Pendolino trains between Prague and Ostrava. This follows from the announcement that the carrier sent to its customers and informed about it on Twitter. These will be the SC 500, SC 507 and SC 509 trains, which will be canceled on most days without compensation.
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“As in previous waves of Covid-19, we are adapting smaller supply to demand as we follow the interest in travel with the emerging wave of Omidron Covid-19. We expect that in the coming weeks, with experts advised by large tall patients as a result of the Omidron Covid-19 variants, demand will continue to decline, “said Czech Railways spokesman Petr Štáhlavský.
Czech Railways said last week that it was preparing to introduce possible restrictions due to the coronavirus variant of omicron. Restrictions due to the spread of coronavirus among employees will occur when the disease eliminates about 1,500 operating workers, ie about 15 percent of the total number. According to the carrier, the cancellation of lines is the last possibility of crossover.
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“We have to make reductions above this number. From the least painful, which is a reduction in the number of people accompanied by the train, through the cessation of commercial connections, to the extension of tact for long-distance connections and restrictions on regional traffic, which would be the last, “said the head of Czech Railways Ivan Bednárik.
Overview of renounced trains
Train SC 242 will run in the section Bohumín (08:59) – Praha hl.n. (12:32) only on Saturday. In Košice – Bohumín, this train will run according to a regular schedule (ie on Saturdays, this train will run on the entire route Košice – Prague Hl.n.)
SC 500 train (Ostrava hl.n. 17:07 – Praha hl.n. 20:32) will run only on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Train SC 507 (Prague hl.n. 11:25 – Ostrava hl.n. 14:49) will run only on Saturday.
Train SC 509 (Prague hl.n. 13:25 – Ostrava hl.n. 16:49) will run only on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays