Thursday, June 30, 2016

Flixbus: More often from Cologne to London – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Cologne –

After the purchase of the British remote bus company Megabus builds the German market leader Flixbus regardless of Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union Decision of the past week more on the links to London. “We believe very back to the market in the UK, Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union, Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union here,” said Flixbus-founder and CEO Jochen Engert on Thursday in Berlin.

As of July, the route network between the continent and London is going to six times increase daily, announced his business partner André Schwämmlein. The journeys of Cologne, Amsterdam and Paris to London were the first Megabus compounds, which can be booked on the Flixbus sites.

The remaining Megabus routes to the end of summer integrated into the Flixbus network will. Flixbus take over the network planning, technology and booking platform. Previous Megabus customers should have access to Flixbus service as free cancellation and rebooking up to 15 minutes before departure or paperless check-in by phone as soon as possible.

The buses themselves would initially further operated by Megabus, said Schwämmlein. In the medium term the still blue and yellow cars are visually adapted to the green-orange Flixbus fleet. Megabus travels in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.

Position in Europe strengthened

Flixbus had to deal with the Megabus mother, the British transport company Stagecoach , signed on Tuesday. To purchase price, the chiefs declined to comment. The acquisition will bring but around 30 million euros per year, Engert said. The number of passengers going in the current year – increase by 50 percent to around 30 million

With the purchase of competitors Flixbus wants to strengthen its position in Europe – also because of the Megabus integration.. “It is very important for us to tap into new target groups,” said Schwämmlein. Since the merger with its competitor MeinFernbus early 2015 Flixbus offers already numerous foreign connections – currently at approximately 900 locations in 20 countries

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The acquisition of the British company. but was not a defensive decision been emphasized Schwämmlein. Megabus applies on the market as an aggressive player: Since last year, the British inter alia, with the 1.50 euro tickets to catch customers. In April Megabus had a market share of 2 percent.

Flixbus with 68 percent of the schedule-kilometers, the number one on the German market, have lost but play, because the web is expanding its remote bus service in Germany. After last published figures of rapidly grown Fernbusmarkt generally shrunk in the first half. The number of both the rides and the lines went in the first six months back.


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