Public transport in the Czech Republic is “bleeding” due to coronavirus like never before in history. How long and under what conditions to keep it alive?

How can a pandemic coronavirus change mass in the long run transport in the Czech Republic? It bleeds like few other industries. But the worst thing would be to subsidize to keep alive something that has no chance of surviving anyway.

Public transport in the Czech Republic it is bleeding like never before in the modern history of the country. According to newly published figures of the Ministry transport In the first half of this year, approximately one third of passengers in publicly operated buses and trains in the Czech Republic decreased. Directly “streams of blood” can then be seen around domestic airports.
Public bus transport it suffers even more than the train. From January to June, a year-on-year decline of more than 35 percent. This means that in the first half of this year, public buses operated approximately 65 million fewer people than last year. The worst off is the international bus transport. In the second quarter of this year, it even shows an 83 percent decrease in passengers. Railways lost 33 percent of passengers, equivalent to 32 million people.
It is a chapter in itself air Transport.

Last year in the first half of the year Czech the airport handled 8.2 million passengers.
This year for the same period of the year only 2.6 million. Similar to bus and train transport iv tea aerial came the main blow in the second quarter. From April to June, domestic airports handled just over 50,000 people. At the same time, last year in the second quarter it was almost five million people.

So this year there was a decrease of about two orders of magnitude. For those regional domestic airports that have not shown any favorable conditions for a long time economic results whether they are affected by a loss of passengers or routes, the intervention may be coronavirus to liquidation, especially if there is a significant global and European decline air transport lasted longer.

The low consolation for carriers is that due to coronavirus crises not only did their business fail dramatically, but so did fuel price. From a survey of historical development fuel prices a average wages in Czechoslovakia, resp. later in the Czech Republic it follows that at least since World War II it has not been possible to average gross salary to purchase such a volume of fuels as this spring.

But carriers will be as a result coronavirus affected by the crisis more permanently than many other sectors. For example air Transport to the level of your performance from year 2019 will get worldwide only in about 2025.
It can be assumed that in the coming years fewer foreign tourists will come to the Czech Republic than in the top one in 2019 and that, for example, congress tourism as a field will hardly weaken, if it survives at all.
Now the mighty second wave of the pandemic coronavirus of course, it makes the situation worse, as it makes the dismal situation even longer. The longer people get used to the physical transport, the fewer they return to “formulas travel“, Which they had run in before this year. Whether bus, train, aerial or other passengers.

He puts himself in a bleak situation state. For example railway carriers to compensate part of the losses from long-distance transportwhich he orders from them. It will be more than 400 million crown. Main part compensation would fall Czech Railways.

Privacy would also “heal” in part railway carriers, if so be with them state transport orders. Compensation should cover losses on sales from the spring time emergency.
At the turn of October and November, tour operators should receive support again. They will probably get the opportunity to draw rescue money as part of a program launched by the Ministry of Regional Development to support hotels and guesthouses. So it would not be a bed, but a seat.

Whereas the state Already supported by anyone, definitely not just hotels and guesthouses, the support of carriers is in place. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most affected sectors, and a substantial part of the Czech population is highly dependent on it.

On the other hand, the question of when actually comes to mind state with the support of this or that industry will end, resp. what further assistance will condition. In the public domain transport It offers, for example, the possibility of canceling some lines, routes and tracks.

And is it necessary for a small Czechia to have so many regional airports, paid for with public money? It may seem cruel, but is there any other option than to disrupt routes and airports? Yes, there is. It is another debt of future generations. It has already become a cliché. But it is so. Even the money that goes to the seat will sometimes have to be repaid someday.

If due coronavirus crises as whole congress tourism-type industries disappear, it is clear that public transport lines, routes and transport. And that other costs, including personnel, should be saved.

Of course, no politician wants to tell this unpleasant truth to people. However, if, for example, the private sector passes in time coronavirus heavily on mode work From home (“home transformative change should also affect the public sector, including the public sector transport. You can’t keep the public one alive transport, which will never recover from its current “bleeding”. Then, for the money of our children and grandchildren, we will enable the survival of some “zombies”, whose existence has virtually no justification from a societal point of view and is mainly just a waste.

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