The Czech private carrier RegioJet will increase the number of trains running on the Košice-Prague line, from two to three pairs per day. The step follows its decision to leave the main route in Slovakia, between Bratislava and Košice.
Meanwhile, it also plans to increase the number of buses on the route between Zvolen, Banská Bystrica and Vrútky, the Hospodárske Noviny daily reported on its website.
“We are strengthening our position as the biggest carrier between eastern Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” head of RegioJet Radim Jančura said, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny.
Last year more than 800,000 passengers travelled on the two pairs of trains between Košice and Prague, while this year they expect the number to exceed 1 million, he added.
On average, 550 passengers ride in each train on the Košice-Prague track. RegioJet uses up to 14-wagon sets on the route and thanks to the €10 ticket price and high occupancy rate, the operation is profitable, according to the daily.
The new trains will now also stop at more stations, specifically in Kysak, Spišská Nová Ves, Poprad-Tatry, Liptovský Mikuláš, Ružomberok, Vrútky, Žilina and Čadca.