During the COVID-19 pandemic, long-distance bus transport in Germany came to an almost complete standstill. Since its liberalization in 2013, long-distance bus transport has not only provided low-cost mobility, it has also contributed to income and employment in Germany. In a new article published in Wirtschaftsdienst, researchers from DLR estimate the value added and employment created by the sector for the pre-COVID year 2018. The analysis suggests that the sector will reach pre-crisis levels relatively quickly as it mainly serves private travellers, especially VFR (visiting friends and relatives) travellers whose behavioural changes are less likely than those of business travellers.
The paper is freely available here: https://rdcu.be/cpdUS.
Ennen, David, Maertens, Sven, Scheelhaase, Janina (2021). Der deutsche Fernbusmarkt – mittelfristig wieder auf ursprünglichem Niveau? Wirtschaftsdienst 101 (7), 559-564.