The Spanish Confederation of Bus Transportation (Confebus) has asked the Government to expedite the processing deadlines for temporary employment regulation (ERTE) files that could occur in the sector as a result of the fall of the business due to the extension of the coronavirus.
From the employer they have explained to Efe that among the formulas that they have requested from the Ministry of Transportation, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) there are measures to generate liquidity to a sector in which the demand for corporate travel has fallen by 30%.
Confebus has also demanded that the Public Administrations get up to date with the payments to the companies, a possible postponement in the payment of the renting (rent with option to purchase) of the fleet of vehicles or a delay in the entrance of Social Security or VAT quotas.
Although from the employer they maintain that it is still early to give economic figures as a result of the coronavirus, they explain that the sector is no longer receiving “reservations but cancellations”.
In this way, the confederation estimates falls of 30% in corporate travel reservations and 10% in regular lines in Spain, including those of medium and long distance.
Greater affection, Confebus points out, for the circuits that Asian tourists make in Spain, where reservations have “completely disappeared.”
Currently, the turnover of bus transport in Spain is close to 6,000 million euros and employs more than 95,000 people.