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29/01/2014 Transportation

Business Trips, 2014 will be the year of the trains

High speed train
High speed train

Train beats Aeroplane, even when it comes to business trips. Here is the main information that emerges from the latest updating of the Business Travel Survey of Uvet Amex, a company of the Uvet Group, specialised in business travel.

According to the survey, in fact, already in the first trimester of 2014 the overtake is a certain fact on the Rome-Milan route. Of course this was possible thanks to faster train routes but also due to more convenient average prices with respect to competitors. At the end of 2013, infact, the Business Travel Survey informs that the train market quota increased to 49%, with respect to the 35% of the first trimester in 2011. The survey explains how the entrance of the competitor Ntv in the Italian market on the Milan-Rome route and on other high-speed routes had the effect of lowering train ticket costs.

The competitor effect, also thanks to low cost companies on the route Milan-Rome, has had positive effects on the airplane ticket price has decreased an average of 15% between the first and second semester last year. The main Italian train destination is Milan (33,4%), with Rome slightly decreasing /25,5%) but still at an advantage with respect to other routes along the high speed such as Turin, Bologna, Florence and Naples.

“The reduced travel time between Rome and Milan”, says Luca Patanè, President of Gruppo Uvet, a tourism distribution competence with a 2,2 billion Euros business, “has changed the habits of business travellers and in the coming months of this year we foresee the definite confirmation of high-speed train travel”. Luca Panatè, referring to airline routes, adds, “We are witnessing the comeback in volumes of European traffic and the growth of intercontinental traffic, whereas national air traffic isdisadvantaged with respect to the development of the Train High Speed. Even traffic towards China, that had shown a decline in the last months, is giving signs of renewal.”
 


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