Corporate Traveller

Eurostar a popular choice for business travel

The high-speed Eurostar train service has has reported a seven per cent year-on-year increase in sales revenue for the first quarter of 2014.

Passenger growth also increased by three per cent to 2.3 million total, up from 2013's first quarter total of 2.2 million.

Business travel bookings were a major factor behind the growth with passenger volumes in the Business Premier class up by six per cent during the quarter. Leisure travel also posted strong growth with a three per cent increase in passenger volume.

"The improvement we have seen in the corporate travel market in recent months underpins the strong performance reported today," Eurostar Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic said.

"Coupled with the benign winter weather which saw far lower levels of weather-related disruption than in previous years, the first quarter has set us on course for continued growth throughout the year."

The rail service has continued to invest in several areas in an effort to improve the travel experience for passengers. This includes the opening of the first phase of a brand new ticket office in St Pancras International featuring a revamped design and spaces dedicated to Business Premier and leisure passengers.

Eurostar has also invested in upgrading passenger facilities at several other locations.