Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri switched his usual means of transport for a bus on Thursday, when he was placed in the driving seat during a visit to the headquarter of Sales Lentz in Bascharage.
Grand Duke Henri is pictured driving an electric bus at the Bascharage headquarters of Sales Lentz, 27 June 2019. Photo: Anthony Dehez
The curious sight of the head of state driving an electric greeted press, who were also briefed on the ambitions of the firm’s airport shuttle subsidiary, Flibco.
“Flibco has a 25% penetration rate at Charleroi airport, which means that one in four people who go there has used one of our shuttles. It is a success”, Marc Sales, at the head of the Sales-Lentz family group with his brother Jos, said.
Flibco transported more than 1.6 million passengers at 13 airports in eight countries (this includes the Greater Region, Hungary, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal) in 2018. And it intends to transport 10 million passengers within the next five years, while it continues its expansion, notably in Italy.
Sales Lentz now has a 621-strong fleet of vehicles and by the end of the year will have 70 fully electric or plug-in vehicles, up from two two years ago.
Sales Lentz also operates the country’s four autonomous shuttle buses. It employs 1,531 people and forecasts a €280m turnover for 2019.