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EXCITING: Interest in PKP Intercity's offerings continues to grow: July brought new records

EXCITING: Interest in PKP Intercity's offerings continues to grow: July brought new records
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18 / 08 / 2022

The summer holidays are coming to an end, and PKP Intercity is recording a systematic increase in attendance on its trains. July this year proved to be, after June and May, another month of record-breaking transport results for PKP Intercity. This year's interest in the carrier's offer after the first seven months of the year is almost double that of 2021.

July was the month with the highest attendance in the carrier's history:

  • nearly 6.5 million - that's how many travellers travelled with PKP Intercity in July.

It is a 34% increase compared to July 2019 (4.8 million passengers) - the last holiday before the pandemic restrictions. It is 46% more than in July last year (4.43 million passengers):

  • 209,000 people a day on average travelled on PKP Intercity trains;
  • 372 thousand tickets sold as part of the Cheap with Relatives offer;
  • 967 thousand people enjoyed cheaper travel thanks to the new offer.

From January to July this year, PKP Intercity trains were chosen by more than 32 million people. It is more than 15 million more (90%) than at the same time last year - then after seven months, there were 16.8 million passengers. It is also 16% better than in the same period of a record year so far in 2019.

To provide as many extra seats on the trains as possible, 710 trains were reinforced with 1049 carriages from 1 to 31 July. Thanks to intensive monitoring of attendance and interest, wherever possible, PKP Intercity was able to reinforce trains with additional carriages.

"Such results make us happy - the daily work of the whole company gives results and satisfaction. Poles are eagerly returning to the railways after a period of pandemic austerity - they are travelling more by train and contributing to CO2 emissions reduction. The transport records also prove the rightness of intensive investment in the railway, which must be prepared to handle an increasing number of passengers," says Marek Chraniuk, CEO of PKP Intercity.

Nearly one million travellers benefited from the new offer

The upward trend was influenced by the introduction at the beginning of July of a new promotional offer, Taniej z Bliskimi (Cheap with Friends), which met with great interest from travellers. Thanks to this offer, travellers in groups of two to six people on IC and TLK trains receive a 30% discount on all tickets. Importantly, this promotion is combined with statutory discounts, so people with e.g., a student discount can benefit from a heavily reduced fare. It has made the carrier's offer more competitive with group car journeys, where the cost of petrol is spread among travellers. It is confirmed by the high ticket sales results of the Cheap with Relatives offer - tickets for nearly one million travellers were purchased in July alone.

"We are responding to the needs of our passengers. Until recently, it was more cost-effective to travel by car for four people than to take an economy category train. With the introduction of the 'Taniej z Bliskimi' offer, we have made our contribution to the government's anti-inflationary shield, providing Poles with a competitive, comfortable and environmentally friendly means of transport for their summer holidays. This offer has been met with great interest. This year's summer season is a record one for us, we are making many changes to the offer and rolling stock, but this is not the end. We will soon be announcing further ticket purchasing facilities," adds Tomasz Gontarz, Member of the PKP Intercity Management Board.

The record number of connections operated by PKP Intercity should not be overlooked either - this holiday season, it is an average of as many as 436 trains a day, which provide access to 414 cities and towns.

 

Source: PKP Intercity Press Releases

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