15 MAY 2017
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A 9% increase in the number of UK business passengers travelling has helped Eurostar to a flying start to 2017, helping the train operator to raise sales revenue by 15% to £232m during the first three months.
Compared with the same quarter in 2016, passenger numbers on Eurostar over the same period rose by 2% to 2.27m.
The train operator said the business travel market is “proving robust” with overall corporate passenger numbers rising by 6% from January to March – helped by an even stronger UK market.
Eurostar says it was also boosted by an increase in passengers from outside Europe, including a 13% rise in US customers and an 18% upturn in demand from the rest of the world.
CEO Nicolas Petrovic said: “The last quarter has been marked by a resurgence in the number of overseas travellers coming to Europe, buoyed up in part by the favourable exchange rates.
With new-state-of-the-art rolling stock in the form of e320 trains on the way and the renovation of the Eurostar terminal in Brussels, Petrovic added, passengers travelling from London to Brussels would soon be seeing a “step change” in their experience.
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