Renfe sees passenger increase of 2.5 per cent in first half of 2019
More than 262 million passengers travelled on Renfe services in the first half of 2019, up 2.5 per cent on the same period in 2018.
Renfe incorporated has seen an increase of 6.2 million travellers during the first half of 2019, resulting in the transportation of more than 262 million passengers. This represents a growth of 2.5 per cent compared to the same period of 2018. The growth is supported by the strong demand for high-speed services.
In Cercanías de Madrid, the first half of the year places the number of travellers at 132.8 million travellers, up 2.1 per cent. In Rodalies de Catalunya the increase stood at 3.7 per cent, up to 65 million trips. In the rest of Cercanías nuclei, 35 million trips were surpassed, two per cent more.
With regard to Ave services, the increase was 4.2 per cent, to 11.1 million trips. For its part, the Avant train service, High Speed Medium Distance, added a total of 4.5 million trips, 2.7 per cent more. As a whole, high-speed travel in Spain to June 2019 stands at 15.6 million, to which there are some more than three million travellers who use Alvia services and also benefit from high-speed sections.
In general, the data for the first half of 2019 maintains growth with respect to the 2018 traffic. Renfe ended 2018 with a growth of demand of four per cent, up to 507 million travellers, with 20 million more trips in a single year, surpassing the 500 million trip barrier.