Switzerland - Transport and Logistics: Increasing trade volume to drive growth (Strategy, Performance and Risk Analysis)
Switzerland boasts an efficient rail network and a widespread, road system covering the entire length and breadth of the country. The country is located on a planned crossroads connecting France, Germany, and Italy. In 2017, the country had 5,210.6km of rail lines, 118,918.0km of roads and 545.2km of pipeline. As its landlocked, Switzerland has a contemporary marine network to carry out cargo services, with connections to the North Sea via the Rhine. The port of Basel is an important terminal for goods handling and well connected to rail, road, and water routes. The government has created a sectoral aviation infrastructure plan (SAIP) as part of which it has laid out a blueprint for the investment, planning and construction of new airports.
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Increasing number of passengers to support fleet size growth
Switzerland’s active fleet size recorded a CAGR of 12.4%, from 77 aircraft in 2012 to 138 in 2017, and is anticipated to post a CAGR of 7.7%, from 151 units in 2018 to 203 in 2022. The increase is primarily due to a rise in the volume of passengers and the fleet expansion initiatives being undertaken by airline operators in order to operate flights on new routes. Swiss International Air Lines and its subsidiary, EasyJet Switzerland, Skywork are procuring aircraft in order to start new services and increase the frequency of flights on established routes.
Ocean vessel fleet size to increase owing to trade growth
Switzerland’s fleet size recorded a CAGR of 6.3%, from 39 vessels in 2012 to 53 in 2017, and is anticipated to post a CAGR of 6.9%, from 56 units in 2018 to 73 in 2022 as trade increases and the volume of bulk carriers and general cargo must be upped to meet demand.
An increase in the number of commercial and passenger vehicles is anticipated to fuel road vehicle fleet size growth
The size of Switzerland’s road fleet recorded a CAGR of 1.7%, from 4.7 million vehicles in 2012 to 5.1 million in 2017, and is anticipated to post a CAGR of 1.7%, from 5.2 million vehicles in 2018 to 5.6 million in 2022. This is primarily due to an increase in the use of commercial and passenger vehicles; the volume of commercial vehicles recorded a CAGR of 2.6%, while passenger cars recorded a CAGR of 1.6% during 2012-2017.