Germany: Coach bus operators stage protest in Hamburg demanding govt aid

Owners and operators of coach buses drove into Hamburg this Thursday in a bid to draw attention to the ailing travel coach and tourism industry, which is asking for government financial support to weather the coronavirus pandemic. Busretten.de, an ad-hoc advocacy group for bus operators that organised the protest, said that the industry is at major risk, as due to the driving ban, most small and... Еще medium business have no income at all but still have to pay wages and maintenance costs. «The government probably has not realised the problem yet. We have no support at all, that means our rates for the busses are going on, we have absolutely no income through the driving ban and even if it will be relaxed, it will go on like this in the tourism industry until next year,» said Dominic Hanke, an owner of a coach company. Organisers of the protest contend that the industry is larger than often realised and quoted many statistics to support their case. «We have over 3,500 coach companies in Germany and we have over 200,000 employees in this branch, and it is almost standing still at 95 per cent and staying still means no earnings,» said Julian Figur, another coach company owner. Companies in the travel industry are some of the worst-hit by the economic slowdown brought on by coronavirus, and German giant Lufthansa recently made a similar appeal to the government for an emergency bailout.
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