In total, the number of CFL passengers last year was 782,700 people, contradicting the 209,440 (an average observed until 2017). This is significant growth, with CFL reporting, according to Angop, an increase in passengers of more than 100 percent.
The aforementioned data are the result of the 16 frequencies that run daily, operated by trains called Diesel Multiple Units, on the normal route on the five working days of the week.
In terms of box office revenue – whose prices change depending on the class (between 200 and 2500 kwanzas) –, Manuel Kanda Kanda, president of the company's Board of Directors (PCA), speaking to Angop, said that, in 2022, it was possible fit 572.6 million kwanzas.
The person responsible, in his interview with Angop, also spoke about the company's average transport. Every day, on average, 2609 travelers are transported – which when multiplied by 300 working days amounts to 782,700 travelers per year –, which for the person responsible is considered a small number, since there is transport availability for more than 11 thousand passengers.
He also said that, although the CFL has 27 locomotives, only 11 are operating, as the other 16 are out of order.
Regarding the company's main challenges, he indicated the expansion of the railway network and the modernization of infrastructures as fundamental purposes to achieve the company's sustainable development. The new commercial policy, according to Angop, aims to reinforce the investment in the field of tourism in all components, and to achieve this purpose there is an ongoing strategy to recover carriages suitable for this purpose and the establishment of partnerships with entities specializing in promoting and organizing these events.
The recovery in the number of passengers transported by the CFL comes after a few less positive years: the history, according to information present in company reports and accounts, in 2017, 209,400 people traveled on the CFL, while in 2019 the number stood at 174,837 passengers and 88,179 travelers in 2020, writes Angop.