A recovering economy and a good summer means Eurostar’s passenger numbers have risen dramatically this year, breaking its own target, which it set 15 years ago.
According to theguardian.com, tourists and business travellers from across Europe have helped break the ten million passenger target and an increase in passengers from the USA, Australia, China and Brazil have also contributed to this figure.
Nick Mercer, commercial director for Eurostar, expressed just how pleased the firm was with the figures.
“2013 has been a record breaking year for Eurostar,” he said. “With a leap in passenger numbers as well as the introduction of new routes and new destinations, we are seeing growing demand from customers across Europe and indeed around the world.”
The service first launched in 1994 and hoped to reach ten million passengers a year by 1998. However, this never happened and even last year during the Olympics it narrowly missed the mark, reaching 9.9 million passengers in one year.
Eurostar will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and has so far carried over 140 million passengers in its lifetime, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com.
There are plans in place to extend the service even further too, as from December 2016 there will be a direct route running from London to Amsterdam. A trial route to Provence in southern France will also be made permanent from 2015.