Businessmen help Intercity railway operator survive dead season
opublikowano: 20-03-2007, 12:21
Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – 60 percent of the
passengers of PKP Intercity are businessmen, managers and salesmen. The company
expects another good year after record 2006 when it had PLN 30m (EUR 7.7m) of
It looks like PKP Intercity (PKP IC) has an income
in the first quarter for the first time in its history. So far, the company has
had losses in winter. The business used to be very seasonal one: during holidays
trains were full while in fall and winter they carried air. The January-February
results show that the situation has changed.
“Since October, the number of passengers has stayed
more or less the same as in summer”, Czeslaw Warsewicz, PKP IC CEO said.
For the first time in 17 years, PKP managed to
increase the number of passengers in 2006. It was an 11 percent increase to over
10m passengers. 60 percent of them were business clients, including businessmen,
managers and salesmen. The company is raising comfort, modernizes its
restaurants carriages and is going to introduce business papers. It plans to
offer faster connections and increase the number of trains. The CEO assures that
prices will not grow.
The company wants to have 11.4m passengers this
year. Czeslaw Warsewicz hopes that sales will grow by at least 10 percent. The
net income will be similar to the one generated last year.
(PLN 1 = EUR 0.258)