Starting Tuesday, the Italian company will offer a third daily round trip, connecting Lyon and Paris, and offered from 23 euros in standard class.
Trenitalia, the first foreign operator to compete with the SNCF on the TGV in France, announced on Tuesday April 5 that it had transported 150,000 passengers between Paris and Lyon since the launch in December of its two daily round trips, to which a third was added on Tuesday, with two more expected starting June 1.
The three new round trips will only connect Lyon and Paris, while the two launched on December 18 extend their line to Milan, via Chambéry, Modane and Turin. On the Lyon-Paris section, the average occupancy has approached 87% for three months, rejoiced Roberto Rinaudo, director general France of Trenitalia, during a press conference on Tuesday in Lyon. With five daily round trips starting in June, SNCF’s main competitor on the TGV in France since the opening to free competition in this sector in December 2020, will have increased the offer on the line by 20%, he stressed, the SNCF providing 24 daily round trips.
The Trenitalia Paris-Lyon ticket is available from 23 euros in standard class, compared to 16 euros in Ouigo and 25 euros in TGV Inoui for SNCF stopover prices, without a discount card. Dressed in red and decorated with swivel seats, Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa 1000, made by Hitachi, can reach 360 km/h, but will travel at a maximum of 300 km/h, like the TGV.
Roberto Rinaudo declined to comment on press reports claiming that Trenitalia will benefit”significant discounts on the price of tolls” in France with SNCF Réseau, but confirmed a request for “negotiated pricebefore the Transport Regulatory Authority (ART). East “possibility offered and framed by texts, both European and national“, It allows “remedy, in a fair and non-discriminatory manner, an objective difference in status between the incumbent and the new entrantART told AFP.
Founded in 2000 to comply with the obligation to separate the rail transport service from the management of the rail network, imposed by European legislation, Trenitalia claims a total of 600 million passengers per year. Present in 5 European countries, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, parent company of Trenitalia, will launch a high-speed line in Greece at the end of April, linking Athens with Thessaloniki, Carlo Palasciano, its international director, also recalled. Also operating in Germany, the east of England and Scotland, Trenitalia plans to establish itself in Spain in the second half of 2022 on the Madrid-Barcelona, Madrid-Valencia, Madrid-Málaga and Madrid-Seville high-speed lines.