Renfe sees strong recovery in passenger numbers and occupancy rates

2022, Renfe

Renfe has ended the summer season with more than 7,5 million travellers on its AVE high-speed trains and long-distance services. The Spanish operator has also seen the average occupancy rate recover compared to last year.

The average occupancy rate in the June 13 – September 4 period came out at 92 percent, although Renfe also recorded figures of close to 100 percent at times. The 7,5 million travellers represent an increase of 37 percent over last year’s 5,45 million passengers. According to the operator, these numbers reveal a “steady recovery” from the corona period.

Renfe’s southern routes and northeastern routes were most in demand this past summer, with 1,795 and 1,792 million passengers, respectively. The number op people travelling on so-called Levante routes came out at 1,484 million. The operator estimates that its AVE high-speed trains and long-distance services have resulted in CO2 savings of 314,500 tonnes.

These numbers do not yet reflect the effect of Renfe’s free seasonal pass, which became available in late August and became valid on September 1.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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