Record passenger numbers for Eurostar

16th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 January 2006, BRUSSELS — Channel tunnel rail service Eurostar reported on Monday a 2.4 percent increase in passenger numbers last year, carrying a record a 7.5 million people between Belgium, France and the UK.

16 January 2006

BRUSSELS — Channel tunnel rail service Eurostar reported on Monday a 2.4 percent increase in passenger numbers last year, carrying a record a 7.5 million people between Belgium, France and the UK.

Eurostar said the increase was boosted by a 14 percent rise in business class traffic. It said fewer business-class cabins on airlines meant more people had used its Business Premier service.

Overall, the firm said it took 71 percent of the London-Paris market and 64 percent of the London-Brussels market, beating rivals such as Air France and BA.

Sales in 2005 were GBP 464 million (EUR 676 million), up 7 percent on last year.

"Our focus on business travellers is paying off," chief executive Richard Brown said.

"We're delivering the full premier service they need in order to be prepared for the business day ahead. As some airlines cut out their business-class cabins, they're also cutting out their customers."

To meet growing demand, a 10th daily weekday London-Brussels service will be introduced on 13 February.

Eurostar punctuality in 2005 was 86.3 percent, much better than airline competitors operating on the London / Paris / Brussels routes, the rail service said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

0 Comments To This Article