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Spain’s high-speed rail sees ticket sales soar after service slashes fares

Excerpt from International Railway Journal

Jun 12, 2013 1:21 am

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Spain introduced a number of successful initiatives to boost tourist ridership, but airline strikes that recently stalled flights also contributed to what is expected to be Renfe’s best year yet.

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A Spanish high-speed train at Barcelona Sants Station. Ricardo Ricote Rodríguez / Flickr


Spain’s Ministry of Transport this week reported that ridership on Renfe AVE services has risen 14% year-on-year in the last four months to 4.7 million passengers, following an 11% cut in all tourist class tickets in early February.

The fare cuts were introduced as part of a raft of measures including the launch of 10-trip passes, an increase in tickets sold by yield management, and the introduction of more flexibility in return tickets, with the aimed of stemming the decline in high-speed passenger numbers, which fell 2.6% last year.

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