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New study from Amadeus estimates long-distance rail traffic in Europe will grow to over 1.36 billion passengers by 2020

Long-distance passenger traffic will increase by an estimated 21 per cent (2.2 per cent annually) to reach over 1.36 billion by 2020, 238 million up compared to 2011 figures, according to a recent study from Amadeus, The Rail Journey to 2020. The report focuses on the period 2011-2020, which will see the passenger rail industry in Europe impacted by an unprecedented combination of factors: some relating to structural change, others arising from opportunities created by infrastructural investments and technology. The report identifies that anticipated growth in passenger volume over the period 2011-2020 is driven by four key markets in particular: the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Germany.

·           Study identifies six key factors will influence the growth of long-distance rail passenger traffic over the period to 2020 and outlines business potential
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Madrid, Spain, 25 February 2013:Long-distance passenger traffic will increase by an estimated 21 per cent (2.2 per cent annually) to reach over 1.36 billion by 2020, 238 million up compared to 2011 figures, according to a recent study from Amadeus, The Rail Journey to 2020.
 
The report focuses on the period 2011-2020, which will see the passenger rail industry in Europe impacted by an unprecedented combination of factors: some relating to structural change, others arising from opportunities created by infrastructural investments and technology.The report identifies that anticipated growth in passenger volume over the period 2011-2020 is driven by four key markets in particular: the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Germany.
 
The report is based on authoritative data and best practice modelling techniques from a dedicated research team at Amadeus. Over 100 sources from rail companies, public and regulatory bodies were consulted and Amadeus builtpredictive models based on correlations between long distance rail share of total traffic, national population densities, rail densities, rail industry structure across countries and geography.
 
The Rail Journey to 2020provides an overview of the European rail market today, and outlines six key trends that will shape the evolution of the passenger rail industry, and its relationships with other modal providers in the period to 2020. These are:
 
˜ Liberalisation
˜ New market entrants
˜ Completion of new high-speed lines
˜ New hubs
˜ Air-Rail and Rail-Rail cooperation
˜ Railways’ costs
 
The report also outlines a baseline scenario, built around these trends, to size the business potential for passenger rail in 2020, and concludes with comments on how passenger rail operators can take advantage of the trends transforming the industry landscape, and position themselves to benefit from opportunities that currently lie beyond their borders. The report can be downloaded at http://www.amadeusrail.net/research.html.
 
 
Thomas Drexler, Director of Amadeus Rail, said:“The Rail Journey to 2020 aims to inform the debate on how seamless cross-border rail services across Europe can become a reality. Building standards for data exchange, booking and ticketing services will fundamentally change the way the traveller will view rail travel, and move even closer towards the EC’s proposals for rail in its Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area. It will make rail travel more accessible, and improve the perception that rail is the way to travel across Europe. This will in turn encourage the idea that through-ticketing is a must for this to be successful.”
 
He continued: Amadeus is committed to partnering with railways and travel sellers to achieve this, and our proof is the investment made of the first truly Global Rail Sales Platform that already has SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, Trenitalia and SJ on board with more key European railways to come.”
 
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About Amadeus Rail
Amadeus Rail is the business arm dedicated to serving the needs of railway companies around the world, distributing content of over 100 railways and providing IT services. Amadeus customers include SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, Trenitalia, SJ, Deutsche Bahn and Renfe, Amadeus Rail employs over 250 rail experts in five competence centres (Nice, Bad Homburg, Sydney, Toronto and Madrid). For more information, please visit www.amadeusrail.net.
 
About Amadeus
Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).
 
The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, across central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well as  73 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations globally.
 
The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 947 million billable travel transactions in 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2011 the company reported like-for-like revenues of €2,712 million and an EBITDA of €1,039 million.
 
Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under the symbol "AMS.MC" and is a component of the IBEX 35 index.
 
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