Flix is reporting a record-breaking summer, which offers one sign that bus travel is truly back after years of pandemic interruptions.
The company reported transporting 34 million passengers from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2022, reflecting a 130% increase in passengers globally compared to the same period in 2021. In North America, Flix North America reported a 30% growth in carried passengers for the 2022 high season versus the same period last year, with more than 1.4 million passengers opting for FlixBus during the summer months.
The travel-tech company has run more than 1,600 lines across the globe, allowing customers to reach over 3,000 destinations via Flix services — FlixBus, FlixTrain, Greyhound and Kamil Koç.
Beyond pre-pandemic levels
In its announcement, the company noted that ridership has climbed beyond the pre-pandemic levels of 2019, demonstrating the rising importance of affordable and sustainable mobility. The German-based company’s transportation system operates in 39 countries with more than 3,000 destinations in Europe, North America, Turkey and Brazil.
“I am very proud that Flix is back stronger than ever after the pandemic, demonstrating that our constant efforts toward sustainable recovery have paid off. We keep fostering our strategy to drive the future of mobility in a profitable and sustainable way. Investing in our expansion to Brazil, the U.S., Canada, Portugal and the Baltics during the pandemic proved to be another bold and successful step toward our vision of offering affordable and sustainable mobility for everyone around the globe,” said André Schwämmlein, CEO at Flix.
Flix SE launched Flix North America Inc. in July 2022 to steer the two operating entities — FlixBus Inc. and GLI (Greyhound Lines Inc.) — toward providing the best customer experience across the United States, Canada and Mexico. During the high season of 2022, FlixBus and Greyhound connected about 1,400 destinations, building the backbone of land-based, environmentally friendly travel options in North America.
“Facing increasing inflation and fuel prices, Flix is aware of the rising importance of affordable and sustainable mobility. We will continue investing our efforts into growing the Flix network and developing new, sustainable alternative drives toward a greener future,” Schwämmlein said.