IN SPITE of the fact that the Košice railway station is large enough, the private Czech rail carrier RegioJet has no place to sell tickets for the trains it will start sending between Prague and Košice this weekend, and since December also between Prague and Bratislava, the Sme daily reported on October 7.
State-owned railway company Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR), which owns the building, claims that it is seeking solutions for how to deal with RegioJet's demands. The private company, however, wants to have one of nine selling points of a customer services centre rented by ŽSR.
“We sell tickets for almost 1,410 trains and it is absurd to leave one of those selling points for carrier who will operate eight trains,” ŽSR spokesperson Jana Morháčová said, as quoted by Sme.
The seemingly banal conflict could expand to a lengthy legal scramble with ŽSR.
“More than 19 percent of travellers buy tickets in [railway] stations in Slovakia,” RegioJet owner Radim Jančura said, as quoted by Sme. “We would have to demand the money, which we had lost because of this, from the owner of the infrastructure who did not provide us with fair space.”
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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7. Oct 2014 at 10:00