Business travel underpins Eurostar revenue growth

Eurostar has enjoyed a 6% increase in passenger revenue in the first six months of 2006 compared to the same period last year from a total of 3.73 million travellers. The growth is underpinned by a strong increase in the number of business ticket sales. During the opening six months of the year, sales of business tickets grew by 11%. Eurostar’s ‘Business Premier’ rolling stock and a punctuality rate of 91%, outperforming airlines on the London-Paris/Brussels route, continue to attract a growing number of business travellers, according to Eurostar director of communications Simon Montague. “Business travellers are choosing Eurostar because of the speed and city centre-to-city centre convenience of our trains, combined with our business-focused service on board.” Eurostar has also recorded growth in the leisure market, with many football fans choosing to travel to the World Cup in Germany via Eurostar. Montague added: “Our partnership with The Da Vinci Code is also generating strong interest in overseas markets, with travel agents reporting increased sales on our London-Paris trains as fans of the film look to follow in the characters’ footsteps.”

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