Eurostar passenger numbers rise in 2010

by Alister POOLE on January 14, 2011

Eurostar has reported strong sales for 2010 as business travellers resurged amidst recovery.

The high-speed railway operators said that sales were up by 12 per cent. Total passenger numbers had risen three per cent in comparison to 2009 levels. Travellers are particularly taking advantage of services to the South of France and Germany.

Eurostar said today that it had enjoyed a continued rise in overall sales throughout 2010. The uplift is being attributed to the mounting recovery in the business market, which has seen more business travellers taking the railway link to Europe.

With the return of business commuters and a growing increase in high-speed railway travel over airplanes, Eurostar saw its passenger count for 2010 reach 9.5 million, three per cent higher than in 2009.

“We have reported a strong performance in 2010 with growth in both sales revenues and passenger numbers. The turnaround in the business market continued in the second half of the year. We are also starting to see a real shift in behaviour as customers are increasingly keen to explore new destinations by high speed rail,” said Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar’s chief executive.

On September 1, 2010, Eurostar reached its goal of uniting three railway operators – SNCF, SNCB and LCR. Furthermore, the high-speed railway operator also invested a large amount of capital in its fleet.

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