Spain, a laboratory for the opening up of rail competition in Europe

After the arrival of the SNCF Ouigo in the spring of 2021 on the Madrid/Barcelona line, then Madrid /Valencia/Alicante, it is the turn of the operator Iryo to enter the highly competitive Spanish high-speed rail market . The Hispano-Italian group, owned by TrenItalia, Air Nostrum and the infrastructure giant Global Via, offers 16 daily round trips between Catalonia and the Spanish capital. This offer is in addition to the classic TGVs of Renfe, the incumbent operator, to the low cost trains of the same group and therefore to the SNCF trains. On this line, the only truly profitable in Spain, around fifty round trips are offered every day by high-speed train. By spring 2023, in addition to the corridor to Valencia, it will be the turn of Andalusia (Cordoba, Seville and Malaga) to welcome the two competitors from Renfe.

No other country in Europe has opened up its rail market so much. 18 months later, the results are convincing and the train is booming.


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