Eurostar sees five per cent rise in passenger numbers

Thanks to a rise in the number of business travellers, Eurostar experienced a five per cent rise in passenger numbers in the third quarter of this year.

According to, Eurostar has experienced a 14 per cent growth in the business travel market compared to 2012.

The company has even seen an increase in passengers from non-EU countries; as Eurostar experienced a year-on-year rise of 13 per cent thanks to the London Olympics in 2012.

As a result, the cross-border rail service has seen its sales rise by ten per cent in the third quarter, resulting in £207 million worth of ticket sales.

Chief executive, Nicolas Petrovic, said the figures were very positive for both the company and UK business as a whole.

“Business traveller volumes have been growing steadily for several months and this quarter’s performance continues that encouraging trend,” he said. “As a bell-weather for the health of the wider UK economy, the growing strength of the corporate travel market gives us confidence in the business outlook to the year end.”

It’s likely that travel numbers will set to increase too, as Eurostar recently announced its plans for a new route that goes directly to Amsterdam from London, reports