The Dutch Railways (NS) transported only about half the number of travelers this year compared to the numbers before the corona pandemic. Due to the lockdown at the beginning of the year and the considerably tightened corona measures recently, many Dutch people stayed away from the train.
This follows from the year-end forecast published by the rail operator. NS expects to reach 48 percent of the number of travelers who traveled with the company in 2019 for the whole of 2021. This means that passenger numbers have only increased slightly compared to 2020. Then the number of travelers remained at 45 percent of the pre-crisis level.
According to NS top woman Marjan Rintel, it was “another difficult year”. But she continues to believe that when the corona pandemic is over, people will return to the train en masse. “During the relaxation, we have seen that many people want to take the train again. We remain optimistic for the new year.”
In September, the busiest month, the number of travelers was already 72 percent of the level reached two years earlier. But since October, the number of travelers has been declining again. According to the NS, this is partly due to the government’s advice to stay at home as much as possible. Currently, during the new lockdown, NS still transports about 45 percent of the number of travelers who boarded the train at this time of year in 2019.
Number of passengers at NS remains far below pre-crisis level
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