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Flixbus and Locomore start cooperation
The German remote bus company Flixbus supports the resumption of the operation at Locomore, after the insolvency of the Fernzugs start-up by a large-scale cooperation. Rail tickets for the Locomore routes are now sold via the international platform and all sales channels of the remote bus provider. The private transport company LEO Express continues the operation of the Locomore routes. Thus the train operation on the Berlin-Stuttgart route, with stops in Hannover, Frankfurt or Heidelberg from 24 August 2017 can be resumed.
“Flixbus is now an internationally renowned brand. Over the last few years, we have proven that mobility is not expensive when you reach the appropriate capacity utilization. We are convinced that the Flixbus platform will enable us to gain the necessary number of customers in order to ensure a sustainable operation of the Locomore routes even at low ticket prices. At the same time, we are benefiting from intermodal integration into our long-distance network of new target groups for the Flixbuses, “says André Schwämmlein, the founder of Flixbus and CEO.
New company bundles rail cooperations
Since 2015, Flixbus has been cooperating with the private transport company LEO Express in the Czech Republic.
“We believe in the product Locomore. Together with FlixBus, we want to combine two sustainable, ecological means of transport multimodally, “says LEO Express Managing Director Peter Köhler.
In Austria, Flixbus has also been successfully connecting its long-distance bus lines with the private railway company WESTbahn since 2013. In Germany, the long-distance bus provider cooperates with Cologne’s local transport company KVB. The company is now combining these cooperations with rail transport in the newly founded company FlixTrain GmbH.
Locomore-Crowdfunder receive Flixbus-Freifahrten
The Berlin Fernzug-Startup Locomore was founded in 2007 and was launched on the route between Stuttgart and Berlin on 14 December 2016 thanks to crowdfunding. In May 2017, the DB competitor had to file for insolvency and set its train connections on 12 May 2017. Until then, the Locomore trains had transported about 70,000 passengers. Flixbus already supported here by a free-ride action for the Locomore passengers affected by the suspension. The supporters of the Locomore Crowdfunding campaign got free-floaters after the insolvency of the start-up for the European-wide Flixbus network and a bonus credit for the Central European LEO Express network.