Portugal: Rail passenger numbers up 6%, exceed expectations as revenues swell 7%

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Lisbon, May 17 (Lusa) – Portugal’s national rail company, CP – Comboios de Portugal, said on Wednesday that it had carried some 39 million passengers in the first four months of the year, up around 2.3 million or 6.3% on the same period of 2016, and seen a 6.9% increase in revenue, to €4.8 million.

In a statement, CP said that “this growth in demand has exceeded the company’s best expectations and has obliged CP and EMEF, the company responsible for maintaining the trains, to operate at maximum capacity.”

According to CP, the number of passengers in its long-haul express Alfa Pendular and Intercidades services was up 7.2% at 1.8 million.

In suburban services in Lisbon the year-on-year growth was 6.6%, to 26.4 million, while in Porto suburban trains carried 5.7% more passengers, at 7.1 million.

Regional services, meanwhile, carried 3.4 million people in the first four months of the year, up 4.7%.

Portugal’s economy has been picking up in recent months and tourism is at record levels so far this year.