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Eurostar releases annual figure for 2009

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02/10/2010 AT 07:50

Ticket sales for 2009 totalled a record £675.5 million, an increase of 1.7% on 2008, as Eurostar welcomed 9.2 million travellers throughout the year. The volume of travellers year on year increased by 1.2%.

Eurostar's Brussels route saw the highest growth in 2009. The number of passengers travelling between London and Brussels increased by 6% in 2009, in comparison to 2008, Eurostar's Paris route experienced a 1% increase in the number of travellers.

An upturn in overall sales for 2009 meant that revenue for 2009 increased by 1.7%, this was boosted by a strong leisure sales performance with sales of these tickets up by 15.6% year-on-year. Whilst the economic environment remained challenging throughout the year, the second half of 2009 saw a ‘bottoming-out' in the business market.

These figures include the period of disruption in Eurostar services over the weekend of 18-20 December 2009. In a letter of 17 January, Eurostar apologised unreservedly for the problems that occurred and explained that it has put in place a number of operational and communication improvements to ensure that its trains have greater resilience to extreme winter weather and it is better placed to look after its customers when disruptions do occur.

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Despite the recession, Eurostar reported a 4% rise in leisure sales against the same period in 2008, following a surge in inbound travel to the UK and a drive to encourage UK travellers to take full advantage of the increased availability of the lead-in £59 return fare.

Big increases in travellers from Germany

Eurostar is seeing large increases in travellers from Germany and The Netherlands. The increases are part of the continuing Europe-wide trend from plane to train for short-haul journeys, reflecting the continuing expansion of the European high-speed rail network.

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