A so-called market investigation has been announced in the official EU Journal, which calls for two options. Option one calls for four sleeping and four couchette cars to be hired between 2020 and 2023 which can operate in Germany, Denmark and Sweden with maintenance to be carried out in the Hamburg area.

Option 2 calls for eight sleeping cars and eight couchette cars to be hired from 2021 and 2022 with approval for operation in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

The call signals ÖBB’s intention to operate additional Nightjet services before the arrival of the new Siemens Nightjet fleet which will be delivered from 2022.

Earlier this month, ÖBB CEO, Mr Andreas Matthä, told IRJ Nightjet overnight passenger traffic is growing strongly this year with further growth expected in 2020.