So far, ÖBB and Westbahn have kept traffic for money from the tax pot despite Corona. Now you have to switch to a savings schedule.
The customers were missing, the trains went anyway. In spite of a lack of customers, ÖBB and private Westbahn have maintained traffic between Vienna and Salzburg for around millions from the tax pot. This Covid aid expired on Sunday. The ÖBB will therefore cancel 30 percent of the ICE trains in the direction of Passau on Monday. After that, they will wait until February 22nd. If there is no solution by then, the offer on the western route will probably be halved. The Westbahn wants to switch to a new economy schedule on Wednesday.
Where there is a problem: “We would like to extend the emergency award, but we need the approval of the finance ministry,” said Transport Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) ” Today “. Finance Minister Blümel (ÖVP) sees Gewessler on the train. ÖGB, AK as well as politicians of the affected countries warn of “commuter clusters” because of increasing numbers of passengers and decreasing offers and shoot themselves at Gewessler and Blümel.