It’s common sense that planes are faster than trains in terms of speed however this article (link below) by Bloomberg is stating that High Speed Rail (HSR) is starting to “tamper” with regional air travel specifically in Europe and Asia. The article claims that travelers would choose to take the train on trips up to 621 miles (539nm/999km), after that people would choose to fly for it’s flashier speed advantage. As I don’t want to bore you all I will be finishing quickly with my thoughts and personal opinions.
- As much as I love air travel and despise HSR I feel that a lack of competition for short hops can lead airlines to become major monopolies.
- Here in the US I don’t feel that rail travel pose that much of a threat to air travel because there aren’t many high speed rail lines and the few lines that do exist have major speed restrictions.
- In Europe and Asia low cost carriers (eg: Ryanair, Air Asia, Easyjet, Peach etc) can try to attract travelers with lower fares
- Most regional routes (at least here in the US) are ment for passengers to fly from a smaller city airport and connect onto a slightly longer flight so rail travel won’t pose much of a threat here
- Rail travel looks more attractive in Europe since most people live near a city center HSR station people can just walk to a station take the train to a station closest to their destination and walk to their final destination instead of driving to the airport ,checking in, going through security ,waiting for any delays, flying, and getting to their final destination by mass transit or driving.