Turkey Birol Özcan, Chairman of the Bus Drivers Federation (TOFED), said that they served with 50 percent capacity in 2020 due to the Kovid-19 outbreak, and they returned to service with 100 percent capacity as the cases decreased.
THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS INCREASED BY THE END OF THE OUTPUT
Stating that the number of bus services and passengers increased with the decrease in the speed of the epidemic, Özcan said, “The flights, which started to increase in 2021, increased even more in 2022 and returned to normal. İstanbul 15 July Democracy 370 thousand buses made a trip to the bus station. In 2022, the number of our bus services increased to 427 thousand. In 2022, our number of flights increased by 15 percent compared to the previous year. In addition, the number of passengers has increased,” he said.
“TICKET PRICES WILL REMAIN THE SAME IN 2023”
Emphasizing that their company is satisfied with the increasing number of flights and passengers, Özcan continued as follows: “Before the pandemic, our bus service numbers were 2,000 a day. This number dropped a lot later on. In 2022, the number of daily bus services increased. At Istanbul July 15 Democracy Bus Station. Our number of daily flights was 1170 in 2022. However, the year 2023 started a bit sluggish. We expect this number to increase even more with the semester break, the approaching Ramadan month and Eid holiday, and the summer holiday. Despite the decrease in our number of flights, our companies made good money. Companies in the west made a little more money than companies in the east. made more money. We haven’t made an increase in ticket prices since the summer. Our prices have been stable for a long time. We do not expect a new tariff for 2023, the ticket prices will remain the same. The price of diesel is good. If we increase the prices, we cannot find passengers. During the periods when airline companies make discounts Our passengers are decreasing a bit. Even though our number of flights is decreasing, our occupancy rate is good. But in diesel SCT We expect a discount.”
“WE ARE SATISFIED WITH THE INCREASING BRIDGE AND HIGHWAY PRICES”
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Özcan, on the 15th of July Martyrs Bridge and at certain hours in Istanbul Fatih Sultan Mehmet Expressing that they demanded that bus companies be allowed to pass through the bridge, he said, “We have such an expectation from our President. We would be very happy if they allow passage over the bridges at certain hours. This will be very good especially for our trips to nearby cities.” said.
“WE WANT TO STOP ILLEGAL TRANSPORTATION”
Emphasizing that illegal transportation with minibuses harms them, Özcan said: “We cannot prevent this transportation. We have some work to prevent this. BeylikduzuWe want to make a stop in . and Hadımköy. We especially want our passengers coming from Thrace to come here. Because it is impossible to cope with its transportation by minibus. We need to prevent illegal transportation. Persons or vehicle owners who do this should be fined. We are more hopeful for 2023. In 2023, we expect the number of passengers and the number of flights to increase even more. At these prices, we will contribute more to the economy.”
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