Rail as a more effective solution than air transport, especially during the emergency Covid-19


Given the growing problems for air shipments from China to Europe, train transport is increasingly emerging as a valid complement, especially in this emergency period.

This scenario concerns both the transport of PPE — as never before of great urgency — but in general all import shipments, which are suffering from slowdowns by air.
The use of railways is currently the best solution, as rail transport is not affected by the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 epidemic.

Rail transport advantages: guaranteed departures and economy

Freight rates have increased considerably, while the availability for air flights has dropped significantly: it has become the norm to wait even 10 days before embarking, with air transport.
In this tweet by Eamonn Brennan, General Manager of Eurocontrol, you can clearly see the difference in air traffic between 2019 and 2020.

The train takes an average of 20 days between China and Europe, and therefore becomes very competitive in terms of transit time, and it’s much cheaper than than the air shipments. At this time, more than ever, rail service is an excellent solution: moreover, the number of confirmed departures has significantly increased.

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