“The political wish is not to travel,” says the Flixbus boss. The company is therefore temporarily ceasing operations. But it should start again before Christmas.
Dhe long-distance bus provider Flixbus will temporarily cease operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from November 3rd due to the new corona contact restrictions. The long-distance train company Flixtrain will temporarily no longer operate from Tuesday, as the Flixmobility company announced on Friday.
If the situation allows, Flixbus wants to resume operations by the holidays. “Flixtrain will also be running again as soon as it is possible and sensible.” Co-founder and managing director André Schwämmlein said this decision was not an easy one. “After all, even in times of Corona, our modes of transport are two of the safest modes of transport.” Nevertheless, one has to react to the current situation.
In the spring, the company had temporarily stopped offering trips due to the corona requirements. “In the summer we were able to serve around half of our network again. We follow the demand very closely, ”said Schwämmlein of“ Welt am Sonntag ”. But already in October one saw “a slowed-down desire to travel” again. “At the moment we are around 30 percent, but we will reduce it again completely because the political wish is not to travel”.
According to the company, Flixtrain would have liked to maintain minimal train traffic. “Unfortunately, this is not possible for economic reasons.” Deutsche Bahn AG, on the other hand, maintains operations largely without restrictions. Although, from the point of view of Flixmobility, the EU legal framework would exist, for example to waive or reduce the train path fees as an emergency aid, there are no efforts of this kind on the part of the federal government.
“Unfortunately, the federal government is once again missing an opportunity to support the private mobility sector during the crisis,” criticized Schwämmlein. It will be checked whether, with investments in Flixtrain after the pandemic, we will concentrate more on other markets in which private providers are exposed to fair competition.