The long-distance bus company Flixbus intends to resume service from March 25th with an initially significantly reduced offer. As early as this Wednesday, tickets could be booked on the platform, said Flixbus boss André Schwämmlein.
Initially, around 40 destinations are to be approached again, including routes that are in high demand such as Berlin-Hamburg or Berlin-Munich. “We are bringing our network back up in line with demand,” said Schwämmlein. “We are now driving the classic high-frequency routes with a low frequency, and for a short time we are not driving the previous low-frequency routes at all.”
Advance sales also for long-distance journeys
In normal times, Flixbus offers around 400 trips in Germany alone. There should be no space or reservation restrictions when restarting. “In addition to high hygiene and safety standards, we have the capacity display, with which customers can see when booking which trips are in high demand.” In summer, on June 24th, the long-distance train service under the Flixtrain brand will start again on all previously available routes. For this, too, sales will open on Wednesday.
Schwämmlein said he was confident that demand would return quickly. Many people longed to visit friends and family in other cities again.
Lossy year 2020
Due to the Corona crisis, Flixbus had completely stopped journeys in Germany in November. The planned restart for Christmas has been canceled. At the beginning of the new year, Schwämmlein assumed a drop in passenger numbers of around 50 percent for 2020. Flixbus is active in a total of 30 countries. The company is the largest long-distance bus travel operator in Germany.
To this end, the platform cooperates with bus companies whose vehicles are used to make the trips. These bus partners have so far almost all survived the crisis, said Schwämmlein. “We haven’t seen a wave of bankruptcies so far. The partners are there, and we give them a perspective. If the capacities are needed, we will have enough Flixbuses on the road.” The aim is to initially keep the offer so low that it does not have to be stopped again in the event of renewed restrictions.
Before the crisis, the company pursued an aggressive expansion course into new EU and non-EU markets. Schwämmlein emphasized that these plans will be adhered to even after the crisis. New goals are in the drawer.