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Rail Passenger Trips Down 80%

A total of 13.7 million fewer tickets for passenger travels were sold during the six-month period, compared with the similar period of last year
Rail Passenger Trips Down 80% Rail Passenger Trips Down 80%

Passenger rail services have experienced an 80% nosedive during the first half of the current Iranian year (March 20-Sept. 21), inflicting 14 trillion rials ($44.2 million) in losses to the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and other rail transportation companies, according to the head of IRIR.
“This means that a total of 13.7 million fewer tickets for passenger travels were sold during the six-month period, compared with the similar period of last year, all of which has to do with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Saeed Rasouli was also quoted as saying by IRNA.
The official noted that many passengers cancelled their tickets for the Iranian New Year holidays (started March 20) – the peak season for tourism in Iran – due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Passenger rail companies gave full refund to close to 1.2 million pre-purchased tickets worth 1.07 trillion rials [$3.38 million]. Moreover, rail passenger transport continued to decline after March, causing a drastic decline in rail passenger companies’ revenues, which were also financially burdened with the task of disinfecting their wagons and facilities, and abiding by related health protocols,” he added.

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