Berlin / Munich (dpa): Long-distance bus provider Flixbus will temporarily cease operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from 3 November due to new contact restrictions from Corona.
The long-distance train company Flixtrain will temporarily stop operating from Tuesday, as the company Flixmobility announced on Friday.
If the situation allows, Flixbus wants to resume operations for the holidays. “Flixtrain will also be back online as soon as possible and sensible.” Co-founder and managing director André Schwämmlein said this decision is not an easy one. “After all, even in the days of Corona, our modes of transportation are two of the safest modes of transportation in history.” However, you have to react to the current situation.
In the spring, the company temporarily stopped offering trips due to Corona requirements. “In the summer we were able to serve about half of our network again. We follow the demand very closely, “said Schwämmlein of” Welt am Sonntag. ” But already in October “a reduced desire to travel” was seen again. At the moment we are around 30 percent, but we will reduce it completely again because the political desire is not to travel ”.
According to the company, Flixtrain would have liked to keep train traffic to a minimum. “Unfortunately, this is not possible for economic reasons.” Deutsche Bahn AG, on the other hand, maintains operations largely unrestricted. Although, from the point of view of Flixmobility, the EU legal framework would exist, for example to waive or reduce the tariffs of the train tracks as emergency aid, the federal government is not making any such effort.
“Unfortunately, the federal government is once again missing the opportunity to support the private mobility sector during the crisis,” criticized Schwämmlein. It will examine whether, with investments in Flixtrain after the pandemic, we will focus more on other markets where private providers are exposed to fair competition.