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Freight and passenger transport in March 2022

Last update: 25.05.2022
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Publisher: Headquarters Bratislava
Topic: Sectoral statistics
Domain: Transport and postal services
Publish Date: 25.05.2022

In March 2022, passenger transport strengthened and exceeded the values from the beginning of the pandemic two years ago by a third

The volume of goods carried in freight transport maintained a growth for the third month in a row. In passenger transport, transport distances increased, especially on railways year-on-year, the total values of performance two years ago were exceeded by two thirds.

In March 2022, the total volume of freight transport reached 19 million tons, transported goods increased by 1.8% year-on-year. Compared to the values of the first “covid” March (in 2020), the volume of transported goods was higher by 5.2%.

Public freight transport companies1), which have transport as their main business activity, transported 13.6 million tonnes of goods, which was a slight year-on-year increase, but at the same time the volume was by 2.1% lower than at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Public transport1) accounted for almost 72% of freight transport.

In March 2022, the volume of goods transported by rail decreased slightly compared to the last year's value, but compared to 2020 (in the first month of the pandemic) it increased by 14.4%. In March, road freight transport (a key component of public freight transport1)) still lagged slightly behind the last year's values, but it exceeded volumes two years ago by 6.3%.

Freight transport performance, which also takes into account the transport distance, reached 3.6 billion tonne-kilometres (tkm). Compared to the previous year, it increased by 1.8%, compared to two years ago, it rose by a third.

Passenger transport grew year-on-year due to better road transport performance

In March 2022, 52.9 million passengers were carried by all forms of public passenger transport, it was a double increase compared to the last year. Compared to March 2020, the number of passengers carried rose by 31%, but the pre-pandemic values were still not reached (March 2019). The number of road passengers and also rail passengers increased year-on-year, compared to the first month of the pandemic, the number of road passenger increased by 28.5% (including public transport) and rail passenger by 62.9%.

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Passenger transport performance in passenger-kilometres (also taking into account the length of roads) reached 652 million passenger-kilometres, increased up to 2.2 times compared to last year. The high year-on-year growth was influenced by increasing transport distances in road transport. Achieved performance in passenger transport exceeded by one third the level two years ago.

Development of turnover, employment and wages in March 2022

Turnover2) in the transportation and storage increased almost by 29% year-on-year in March. The result affected the growth of the most important land transport (including transport via pipeline) as well as the second largest division - warehousing and support activities. Turnover in air transport increased by 84% year-on-year, but this is less important division of the section. Compared to last year, only turnover in postal and courier activities decreased.

In the third month of 2022, employment in transportation and storage rose by 3% year-on-year. Employment grew in all divisions, more significantly in water transport (by 28%) and air transport (by 30%).

The average nominal monthly wage of this section reached EUR 1,152 in March, which was by 9% more than a year ago. The real wage of the section (after taking into account inflation) fell by 1.3%.

Transportation and storage for the 1st quarter of 2022

In the first quarter, 54.1 million tons of goods were transported by freight transport. Compared to the same period in 2021, the transport of goods increased by 6.4%. Performance in tonne-kilometres was higher by 9.2%.

138.3 million people were transported by passenger transport with a year-on-year growth of 83.5%. The number of rail passengers increased by 108.5% and road passengers by 81.3%. Performance in passenger-kilometres increased by 94.4%.

Turnovers in transportation and storage increased by 20.9%, year-on-year, in the first quarter of 2022. The number of employed persons increased by 1.3% since the beginning of 2022 compared to the same period last year. The average nominal monthly wage rose by 7.4% year-on-year (to EUR 1,105) and the real wage decreased by 1.7%.

The data for the first quarter of 2022 have been reviewed and adjusted based on the results of a weekly survey on road freight transport.

  • 1) It relates to transport services provided by companies that have transport as their main business activity. In addition, transport services are also provided by non-public transport companies that operate in another sector of the economy, but provide transport for their own or others' needs (for example, construction or commercial companies).
  • 2) turnover
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