Eurostar, Thalys sign commercial deal on tickets

25th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 25 (AFP) - High-speed train operators Eurostar and Thalys are to join forces to offer a common price on their two networks, the companies said on Tuesday.

PARIS, Oct 25 (AFP) - High-speed train operators Eurostar and Thalys are to join forces to offer a common price on their two networks, the companies said on Tuesday.

The chief executive of Thalys, Jean-Michel Dancoisne, said the companies had signed a partnership accord earlier this month, adding that it was "the first time that two high-speed transport groups sign such an agreement".

Under plans agreed by the companies, they intend to introduce a common price for journeys that span both of their networks before launching single tickets near the end of 2006.

At the moment, Eurostar links London with Paris and Brussels via the channel tunnel, while Thalys serves routes between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne in Germany.

The agreement follows the success of an initiative launched this year in April to offer a ticket for London-Cologne via Brussels in partnership with Deutsche Bahn.

Traffic increased by 75 percent in August owing to "the use of aggressive pricing compared with the leisure ticket price from airlines", said Dancoisne.

The companies plan to launch a London-Amsterdam service, which will run entirely on high-speed track by 2007/2008.

Richard Brown, chief executive of Eurostar, said that the train operators had highly compatible rail networks.

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