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Covid-19 pandemic

As a result of the Omicron variant, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the demand for transport were still noticeable in the first quarter of 2022. There have been signs of a significant recovery since April 2022. However, the ramp-up of demand varied greatly across the individual market segments of German passenger transport.

Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) and the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Government) have agreed to jointly bear the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on DB Group.

The Federal Government is largely continuing the measures to compensate for Covid-19-related losses in 2022 with:

  • Covid-19-related support for train-path prices in long-­distance transport continues.
  • The Federal funds intended for the maintenance of Federal Government railways were also increased to compensate for the loss of DB AG’s dividend payment for 2022.
  • The Federal budget includes provisions for additional compensation for losses. The European Commission has approved appropriate measures to counteract damage to infrastructure and freight transport, the payment of which is still pending.
  • The sector solution for regional transport in Germany will also be continued in 2022, with the Federal Government and the Federal states continuing to share the costs for this equally.
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