The total load factor of the Intercity+ and Intercity high-speed trains reached 92% in the first six months of 2017. These trains transported a total of 2,432,000 passengers in the first half of 2017, which are 761,000 more than they transported in the corresponding period of last year. The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
Most of the high-speed trains’ passengers were transported to Kharkiv (almost 633,000 passengers), Dnipro (581,000 passengers), and Lviv (437,000 passengers). The trains also transported 96,000 passengers to Przemysl (Poland).
According to Ukrzaliznytsia, Intercity+ trains also transported more than 41,000 passengers to the Black Sea coast and back in June 2017 (11,000 passengers more than last year’s figure).
In total, high-speed trains transported more than 449,000 passengers on all routes in June 2017. The Intercity+ and Intercity trains have transported more than 14.1 million passengers since they began operations in Ukraine in May 2012.
As the CFTS reported, the occupancy rate of the high-speed trains in Ukraine reached 84% in 2016, up from 68% in 2015. The high-speed trains performed more than 4,000 trips in 2016. The most popular destination was also Kharkiv (1.154 million passengers). They also transported 1.012 million passengers to and from Dnipro, 635,000 passengers to and from Lviv, and 378,000 passengers to and from Odesa.