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Spain, a laboratory for competition on the TGV


The arrival of Iryo, an Italian-Spanish operator, makes Spain the European country where rail is the most open to high-speed competition.


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After the SNCF Ouigos, which have been operating between Madrid and Barcelona since March 2021 and between Madrid and Valencia since last October, Italian-Spanish Iryos landed on the Iberian Peninsula on Friday to challenge Renfe, the historic company.

The arrival of a third operator makes Spain the country in Europe where rail is the most open to high-speed competition.

In France today, only Paris-Lyon hosts a player other than SNCF, the historic Italian company, Trenitalia.

This newcomer to Spain is a consortium, named Ilsa, between Trenitalia (which owns 45%), the Spanish airline Air Nostrum (31%) and the Spanish infrastructure specialist Globalvia (24%).

Ouigo had attacked Renfe's monopoly by betting on bargain prices, with average prices 50% lower than those of the incumbent operator.

Even if it means eliminating the first class, systematic in the AVE, the classic TGV from Renfe.

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Source: lefigaro

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