31 August 2018
Eurostar reports a positive performance in Q2 2018 and the summer period
Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today reported positive growth in passenger numbers and sales revenues for the second quarter of 2018. Sales revenues were up 16% year-on-year (£258m 2018: £223m 2017) while passenger numbers grew by 7% to 2.9 million (Q2 2017: 2.8 million).
The Eurostar travel experience continues to be a major attraction for US visitors who enjoy the ease and convenience of high speed rail to connect between key European destinations across the Channel. The number of US travellers increased by 9% year-on-year during quarter two.
Traffic during the second quarter was also boosted by a resilient business market as the volume of business customers grew by 11% compared to the same period in 2017.
Mike Cooper, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said:
“The buoyancy of the business and overseas markets continues to drive growth as passengers choose the convenience of high-speed rail to connect between European cities.”
Eurostar curated hotel collection
In a move to expand and diversify its travel offering, Eurostar recently launched an exclusive collection of hand-picked hotels with special rates for passengers when booked together with travel.
The train + hotel package brings the best selection of high quality city centre hotels to Eurostar travellers in London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. This is the first in a series of innovations designed to further enhance the customer experience, with bespoke offers in music, theatre and entertainment set to follow.
For more information, please visit www.eurostar.com
- Sales revenue is the value of ticket bookings made during the period. This revenue is only recognised in the profit and loss account at the date on which the passenger actually travels
- Passenger volumes reflect the number of travellers carried by Eurostar in the period
- From its early days of operation Eurostar has championed the environmental benefits of high speed rail and the switch to sustainable modes of transport for short haul travel. A Eurostar journey from London to Amsterdam emits 80% less carbon than the equivalent short haul flight making it a clear choice for the future of travel in Europe.
- Customers travelling by Eurostar can enjoy a range of benefits including:
- Seamless city centre to city centre travel, with stations located in the heart of our destinations
- Comfort and space on board to work or unwind with wifi connectivity and onboard entertainment
- Fast and convenient check-in - passengers are asked to arrive only 30 minutes before departure
- Generous, free-of-charge baggage allowance with each passenger allowed 2 bags/suitcases and 1 piece of hand luggage
- No queues or baggage reclaim upon arrival - simply take your bag with you on board
- Eurostar’s Business Premier service offers the highest standards in short-haul business travel. With flexible fares up to departure, Business Premier customers enjoy 10 minute express check-in, exclusive access to the business lounges as well as complimentary drinks and fine dining in the comfort of their seat.
For more information about Eurostar please contact:
Eurostar Press Office
t: 020 7843 5500