Polish rail company PKP Intercity released its passenger numbers for quarter 1 of 2017 and is showing a steady trend in growth of connections offered and passenger numbers.
PKP Intercity confirmed that it has maintained a growing trend for the past two years. The beginning of this year has also proved to be successful for the carrier. From January to March 2017, more than 9.3 million passengers have travelled onboard PKP Intercity trains, generating nearly 14% growth over the corresponding period of 2016.
In the first three months of 2017, trains of PKP Intercity travelled over 14 million kilometers, representing a 3% increase over the first quarter of 2016. The data indicates that the increase in passenger numbers is not only due to the launch of new services, but also to higher frequencies in already running connections.
The increase in the number of passengers is visible among all travelers. Compared to the first quarter of 2016, 27% more senior, 26% familiy and 10% students tickets were sold by PKP Intercity. The highest frequency was recorded on trains running between Warsaw and Krakow. The highest increases were achieved, among others, on routes between Bialystok and Warsaw (+ 71%), Krakow and Przemyśl (+ 55%), Olsztyn and Warsaw (+ 43%), Kielce and Warsaw (43%) and Krakow and Łódź (+ 41%).
The company also noticed a change in passenger behavior. Passengers are increasingly buying tickets through remote channels rather than at the station ticket desks. In the first quarter of 2017, 26% more travelers than in the same period last year bought their ticket online. With the growing number of online sales, PKP Intercity is working on making additional offers available to internet users.
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