Remote bus market: Roadjet it with Flixbus

Flixbus has displaced many competing providers by the German long-distance coach market. The Start-up Roadjet GmbH in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, dares to atte

Remote bus market: Roadjet it with Flixbus

Flixbus has displaced many competing providers by the German long-distance coach market. The Start-up Roadjet GmbH in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, dares to attempt in long-distance travel market in Germany to join the fray. The founder, Muhammed Simsek, 35 years old, and Mujib Bazhwal, 36 years old, do not put on the tough price-competitive low-price Segment, but at a Premium. "There are not many who do not feel the current offer well, which is a little more legroom sufficient," says Simsek. Him the idea of driving for years. He is a trained vehicle Builder, comes from a family of entrepreneurs and was in the past, even on the road a lot. He sees a niche, because of the classic long-distance bus have many a bad Image. "There are not many that feel as well."

The company, the Baden of the two founders and a Start-up Fund in the country-Württemberg is funded, is a special way. It has a private Bus, based on a Chassis from Scania to develop. Instead of 96 Seats, there is space for 44 passengers who spend the journey on massage chairs with heated seats. In Corona-times is thus cleared in any case, the question as to the distance. In addition, there is high-speed Internet access as well as a washing and dressing room. Such a Bus will cost significantly more than EUR 500,000 in the acquisition.

Flixbus has a market share of more than 95 percent

Roadjet from 3. August to record is the operation of the route Stuttgart–Berlin. By the end of the year, a further four routes will be added, so from Stuttgart to Hamburg and Munich. The first five tracks they wanted to operate on every case, with its own buses and its own drivers. In the longer term, routes within the Franchise with other Companies in the license are conceivable. First, the company needs to collect experiences, says Simsek. On the amount of their Investments, the two founders do not specify. In contrast, the baden-württemberg Minister of economic Affairs, Nicole Hoffmeister-herb (CDU). The country has so far supported about 100 Start-ups with the help of his funds, with an average of 200,000 euros per company.

Christoph Gipp from the market research for the IGES Institute in Berlin, says: "The new supplier does a great job, he must quickly make his brand known." The German long-distance bus market was liberalised in the year 2013, in order to ensure especially in the case of the Deutsche Bahn for more competitive pressure. Many companies were there with their own Offerings in the wings.

But dominated Flixbus of the market, and extruded the most. According to data from IGES Flixbus now has a market share of more than 95 percent. The provider is the Alternative for people who want to have a lot of time and cheap travel. Flixbus has neither drivers nor buses, but cooperates with private bus companies.

"The long-distance bus market is recovering after the Corona break slowly," says Gipp. "All providers have returned to the market." Since the end of may, Flixbus, after the forced break, back on German roads, and now serves approximately 250 German goals – this corresponds approximately to the half of the route network in front of the Corona, as a spokesman tells. Would add some European destinations.

Updated Date: 24 July 2020, 22:20

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