Inter-industry competition on the passenger transportation market
Railway transportation continued to face competitive pressure from air transportation on domestic routes in the de-regulated segment in 2016. The share of railway transportation is higher on the domestic passenger transportation market.
Given the competition from air travel seen in 2015, the stable demand for Sapsan and Allegro trains (which offer passengers fast travel time, a high level of comfort, an optimal price level and a convenient schedule), double-decker trains and Strizh trains as well as the use of multimodal transportation and new transport products as part of the “Daily Express” programme on Lastochka (Desiro RUS) trains demonstrates the positive trend of attracting additional passenger flows from alternative transportation modes and reaffirms the need to continue the development of rapid-transit passenger transportation.
Passenger turnover in the railway industry’s main competitor – air transportation – decreased by 5% in 2016.
For more on the transportation market, see the ‘Market overview’ section.