23 APRIL 2012
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Not encumbered by security charges or APD (Air Passenger Duty), Eurostar has reported continued growth in sales revenues and passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2012.
Sales revenues up 7% to £211m from £197m in Q1 2011. Passenger numbers up 4% to 2.24m in Q1 2012 from 2.15m in the same quarter last year. The operating company says that sales revenues and passenger volume growth were driven by leisure traffic. Business travel has remained broadly flat compared with 2011. In addition to enjoying Eurostar’s traditional destinations, passengers looking to travel further afield by high speed rail, have been taking advantage of its highly competitive fares to Amsterdam travelling via Brussels.
Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said: “The year got off to a strong start with sales revenues and passenger numbers on the up. Our core destinations continue to be a big draw for passengers but we have also seen particularly good take-up of our Amsterdam fares as passengers are increasingly keen to try out new leisure destinations by high speed rail.” www. eurostar.com
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