Czech carrier announces new routes to Ukraine: where it plans to run trains
The Czech company RegioJet, which is the largest private rail carrier in Central Europe, launched flights to Ukraine a few days after the full-scale invasion of Russia. Now the demand has increased and there are plans to open new destinations in Ukraine.
RegioJet owner Radim Yanchura told Forbes in an interview. According to him, the company is making a serious bet on Ukraine.
"We conducted a market research that showed that 20-30 buses leave the Czech Republic for Ukraine every day. This is 1000-1500 passengers. But we realize that traveling by train is cheaper, more comfortable and faster. We had planned to start running to Ukraine in June 2022, but due to the full-scale Russian invasion, we had to accelerate. In fact, we started six months earlier - in February. At that time, our main goal was to ensure the evacuation of Ukrainians and deliver humanitarian aid," he said.
According to Jančura, RegioJet currently has the largest share of traffic on the popular Prague-Kosice route. Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia, located 70 km from Uzhhorod.
"We want to extend this route to the Ukrainian city of Chop in the Zakarpattia region, and in the future - to Mukachevo. We see potential in transporting European tourists to Mukachevo," he said.
In 2024, the company wants to launch direct flights Kyiv-Berlin and Kyiv-Hanover. The company also plans to invest in the Ukrainian railroad - to electrify the Chop-Mukachevo section and build a passenger platform and pedestrian bridge at Mostyska-2 station.