Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic
In 2021 passenger transport continued to be heavily impacted by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- At the beginning of the year, due to official measures, recommendations to minimize social contact, restrictions on trade and services, and a general reluctance regarding mobility, the number of passengers was below the respective months of the previous year, which had not yet been influenced by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- As the vaccine campaign continued, demand recovered markedly from March 2021.
- Demand has not yet returned to pre-Covid-19 levels.
Demand for rail freight transport increased sharply, driven by global economic development, almost returning to its pre-Covid-19 level.
DB Group will continue to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2022. However, we are sticking to the growth targets for rail and our own growth targets within our Strong Rail strategy. For this reason, we consistently continued our expansion of capacity, primarily in infrastructure, in 2021.