London - Amsterdam popularity sees record performance for Eurostar

Eurostar has seen record numbers both in its sales revenues and passenger numbers for 2018, underpinned by a buoyant business travel market, strong US traveller numbers and the launch of its new service between London and Amsterdam.

11 million passengers travelled using the high-speed rail link between the UK and mainland Europe in 2018, representing a 7% increase compared with 2017 (10.3 million) and the highest ever number of travellers in a single year.

This year also marks the celebration of 25 years of Eurostar with over 190 million passengers since services began in 1994.

The business travel market grew by 12% last year, testament to the enduring popularity of the company’s Business Premier service which offers travellers complete flexibility, ten-minute check-in and a range of sustainable menu options on board in partnership with Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc, OBE.

Leisure traffic last year were boosted by the success of the new service between London and Amsterdam. The high-speed rail link between London and the Netherlands, which marks its first anniversary next month, has seen more than 250,000 travellers travelling since its launch in April 2018. To meet consumer demand, the company has put tickets on sale for a third daily service starting in June this year and is committed to introducing additional services as soon as the governments have put border controls in place for the Amsterdam-London leg of the journey.

Mike Cooper, chief executive of the company, said: “Over the last 25 years Eurostar has led the way in cross-Channel travel, cementing the links between the UK and mainland Europe. The popularity of our new service between London and Amsterdam shows the growing appetite among customers for international high-speed rail travel and a sustainable alternative to the airlines.”

For more information or to book tickets visit www.eurostar.com


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