Avis Europe - Quarterly European Transport Report

    London (ots) - Avis, the leading car rental company in Europe,
today releases the latest statistics for European transport usage
during the second quarter of 2002. The report tracks total
passenger numbers travelling by plane, train, car and ferry within
Europe's five largest countries - Germany, UK, France, Spain and
    - The total number of journeys made continues to rise with an
        additional 240 million in the second quarter.  
    - The inexorable rise in the use of motorway travel continues -
        increasing by a further 2.8% to 167 million journeys
    - Air travel remains in negative territory with journeys falling
        by 4.9% compared to the same period last year, a fall of 9  
        million journeys
    - Ferries have enjoyed the largest proportional rise in passengers
        with an increase of 3.3%. The first half of 2002 was up by 5%
    The full report contains a detailed breakdown between modes of
transport on a country-by-country basis.
    Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive of Avis Europe, commented:
    "Recent trends of greater travel both between and within European
countries continues apace, raising the question of how long the
infrastructure can handle this growth.
    "The greatest challenge for the EC's transport planners is how to
deal with the incessant increase in European travel and the impact on
the environment and safety. This is an issue that needs to tackled
both domestically and in Brussels as the lack of an appropriate,
inter-model infrastructure will be a material constraint to economic
growth within the Union."
    A full copy of the European Transport Report can be found at
ots Originaltext: Avis Europe PLC
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Chris Wermann
Avis Europe
Phone: +44/1344/426644

Ben Foster
Financial Dynamics
Phone: +44/20/7269'7247

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