State-owned Czech railway company CD Cargo has obtained a licence to operate in Austria.
The freight operator did not announce when it would begin operations but said it was a step towards expansion into new markets.
A statement on the website reads: “CD Cargo completed the process of obtaining a license and all other documents needed to start operations on the Austrian railway network.
“Getting the licence together with the decision to purchase other Vectron locomotives is a step towards expanding to other markets and getting new business cases.”
In April CD Cargo signed a contract to expand its fleet with the addition of new Siemens Vectrons, to be used between Brno and Rostock. The Austrian licence was awarded on June 22.
Prague-based CD Cargo was founded as a spin-off company of České dráhy (CD) in 2007. It employs around 7,000 in the Czech Republic and transports raw materials, containers, leases railway wagons as well as other transport services across Europe.