FlixBus, FlixTrain register 30 mln passengers in 2020

Transport

In 2020, around 30 million passengers traveled around the world as part of the FlixBus and FlixTrain offer – almost 50% less than in 2019, according to a report by the Warsaw Business Journal.

Currently, due to another lockdown, the FlixBus network is frozen again in most countries, but preparations are already underway for a larger restart, also in Poland.

In the spring of last year, FlixMobility suspended almost the entire network due to the situation around COVID-19. In most markets, FlixBus resumed operations at the end of May 2020. The renewal of connections was possible thanks to comprehensive solutions allowing for travel in accordance with the highest sanitary rules. In addition to the mandatory masks for passengers and contactless check-in, they included the regular disinfection of buses and trains – in 2020, over 162,000 liters of disinfectant liquid were used for this purpose. 

"The year 2020 has brought us many challenges and changes related to the next waves of the pandemic or local restrictions, such as the limit of 50% of places in Poland. As a technology company, we had the ability to quickly and flexibly respond to changing demand," André Schwämmlein, founder of FlixMobility, said.

In 2020, in total, on all routes, FlixBus Polska completed more than 26 million kilometers, consuming approximately 7.5 million tonnes of fuel. In the summer, in the peak season of last year, the FlixBus offer included over 120 domestic and 110 European destinations, including countries such as Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Croatia. In addition, at that time, the Polish branch of FlixBus also launched completely new connections to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, as well as new lines to Ukraine.

"Despite the limited opportunities for running, last year's revenues to the state budget from FlixBus operations in Poland from taxes, excise duty, social security and tax office contributions and access to infrastructure amounted to over PLN 32 million. With the full implementation of the plan we assumed for 2020, it would be as much as PLN 57 million more," Michał Leman, Managing Director of FlixBus in Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic States, commented.

"We hope that this year we will be able not only to fully restore the old offer but also to continue its further development. The abolition of the limit of 50% of places in public transport can also help us in this, which, as confirmed by many studies – is safe," he added.

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