The graphic speaks for itself. The AVE will pick up more passengers on their trains in the middle of this month of September than the Spanish airlines together. Iberia, Air Europa, Spanair and Vueling together will offer approximately 2,000 seats less than the high-speed train linking the two major Spanish cities.
As of 15 of this month Renfe will offer 52 daily trains (26 from Madrid and many others from Barcelona) with a total capacity of 21,008 users.
Apparently, the introduction of the AVE on this route has greatly reduced the offer offered by Iberia, Air Europa and Spanair. Vueling, meanwhile, maintains its flight fleet. In the year we have been air traffic has been reduced by 16%.
I still haven't gotten on the AVE. The tourist ticket does not usually fall below 100 euros and the average moves for 150 euros. On many occasions we will find some cheaper flight. For business people, however, the situation changes. The practical and effective solution of arriving from center to center and avoiding waiting times and long journeys becomes a necessity. The Wi-Fi connection on the trains also helps to opt for this solution and pay the difference.
However, as a traveler, I will continue to look for the cheapest and whoever offers it there will have me.
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