Passenger transport performance


Transport performance

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, transport performance in Switzerland in the year 2020 declined for the first time since the mid-1990s. In total, on the road, rail and cable car network 110.8 billion person-kilometres were travelled – around 20% less than in 2019. Of this overall performance, three quarters, i.e. 85.2 billion person-kilometres, were accounted for by private motorised transport (cars, motorcycles, private buses). Thus, their transport performance was more than six times greater than that of railways (13.3 billion person-kilometres). Human-powered mobility (on foot and by bicycle) accounted for 8.4 billion person-kilometres and public road transport (trams and buses) for 3.4 billion. Since 1970, the transport performance of motorised private transport and public transport has almost doubled.

Passenger transport performance, 2020¹
  Billion person-km (except aviation) Change from 2019, as % Change from 2000, as %
Total land transport performance 110.8
–20 +9
Private motorised road transport 85.2 –17 +8
    of which passenger cars 80.1 –18 +7
Public road transport
(tramway, trolley bus, bus)
3.4 –27 +0
Railways 13.3 –39 +6
Cog railways and cable cars 0.3 –26 –9
Human-powered mobility
(on foot, by bike)
8.4 +3 +30
Aviation (scheduled and charter flights)
19.7 million passengers2 –66
–43
1) Aviation: data 2021
2) Data 2021, local and transfer passengers
Sources: FSO – Passenger transport performance (PV-L), Public transport statistics (TP); FSO, FOCA – Aviation, scheduled and charter flights (AVIA_LC)

Kilometre performance

In 2020, private motorised transport realised a kilometre performance of 51.3 billion vehicle-kilometres (–17% compared to 2019). For railways the corresponding value was 195 million train-kilometres (–3% compared to 2019). In the passenger air transport segment, the use of means of transport is usually expressed in terms of the number of flight movements (take-offs and landings). In the scheduled and charter flight segment, 191 219 flight movements were registered in 2021 (+15% compared to 2020).

Kilometre performance in passenger transport, 2020¹
  Billion vehicle-km or train-km (except aviation) Change from 2019, as % Change from 2000, as %
Private motorised road transport 51.3 –17 +8
49.0 –18 +7
    domestic vehicles 42.4 –16 +4
    foreign vehicles 6.6 –27 +38
Railway 0.2 –3 +39
Aviation (scheduled and charter flights) 191 219 take-offs and landings2
–59 –64
1) Aviation: data 2021
2) Data 2021
Sources: FSO – Passenger transport performance (PV-L), Public transport statistics (TP); FSO, FOCA – Aviation, scheduled and charter flights (AVIA_LC)

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