Future sales markets
Our opportunities for growth in the German passenger transport market are limited on the one hand due to the high level of competition and restrictions imposed by antitrust laws. On the other hand, there is growing support for promoting environmentally friendly modes of transport through targeted climate protection measures. Our focus is therefore still on expanding capacity, defending our strong market position and increasing the share of rail in intermodal competition. In the German passenger transport market, we expect a continued shift towards needs-oriented road transport in the medium term. For example, autonomous driving will lead to ever fewer people having to own their own car. Autonomous road transport also offers the potential to free certain elements of public transport from dependence on stops and schedules, thus making them more flexible.
In the area of rail freight transport, our focus continues to be on the European market. We are well positioned in all of the central European corridors and offer service connections to locations as far afield as China.
In the freight forwarding and logistics areas, we also expect a gradual revival in 2021 of the markets that experienced heavy slumps in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.