Business travel bounces back at Eurostar

Cross-channel operator Eurostar has reported a significant increase in business travellers ahead of the introduction of upgraded services this May.

Sales revenues were up 15% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017 (from £201million in 2016 to £232million in 2017), with an overall 2% rise in passenger numbers (from 2.23million in 2016 to 2.27million in 2017).

Growth in the number of UK business travellers, up 9%, helped fuel the overall rise in passenger numbers.

The combination of wifi connectivity, productive working time onboard and a new business lounge in Paris, is reinforcing the “convenience and ease” of high-speed rail for business travellers, says Eurostar.

The operator is currently introducing its new e320 trains on the London-Brussels route and, from the end of May, passengers will see a “step-change in the travel experience with the enhanced style, technology and features of the new Eurostar fleet”.

“With our new-state-of-the-art trains offering increased capacity, we are well-placed to take advantage of the growth in visitors coming to our destinations,” says Eurostar CEO, Nicolas Petrovic.