The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Transportation Industry

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Transportation Industry
16 August 2020 | 10:32

The National Bureau of Statistics informs that during January-June 2020, fewer passengers were transported by air, road, and rail. At the same time, people traveled less. These data reveal the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the carriers. 

In June 2020, 3.3 million passengers used public transport. This is 60.3 percent less compared to the same month in 2019.

During the same period, 95.5 percent fewer passengers used air transport, 60 percent fewer people used the land transport, and 40 percent fewer people used rail transport. 

In June, the number of passengers amounted to 111.6 million passengers/km, decreasing by 80.5 percent compared to the same month in 2019.

Data for the Period January-June 2020

In January-June 2020, 26.3 million passengers used public transport, 48.9 percent less than during the same period of the previous year. 

The number of passengers was 1.2 million passengers-km. The number decreased by 56.9 percent compared to January-June 2019.

During the research period, land transport had the largest share in total (97.5 percent), followed by rail transport (1.4 percent) and air transport (0.8 percent).

Compared to January-June 2019, inland water transport increased by 31.5 percent. At the same time, 69.3 percent fewer passengers used air transport, 48.7 percent fewer passengers used land transport, and 46.4 fewer passengers used rail transport compared to the same period in 2019.

In January-June 2020, 25.6 million passengers used a bus or a minibus, 48.7 percent less compared to the same period in 2019. 

From the 25.6 million passengers, who used the bus and minibus, 56.5 percent were from Chișinău, 19.6 percent were from the Center of Moldova, 14.4 percent from the North of Moldova, 7.4 percent from the South of Moldova, and 2.1 percent from the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia. 

Freight Transport Data

In June 2020, railway, road, inland water, and air transport companies transported 1.3 million tons of goods, 10.1 percent lower compared to the same period in 2019. 

During June 2020, rail transport transported 42.5 percent fewer goods, air transport transported 7 percent fewer goods and land transport transported 1.4 percent fewer goods. 

During January-December 2019, the number of land transport passengers increased by 1.4 percent compared to the same period in 2018. However, during January-December 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, the number of rail transport passengers decreased by 32.1 percent, the number of air transport passengers decreased by 3.2 percent, and the number of passengers of inland water transport decreased by 0.1 percent.

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