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28 April 2011 12:35
Eurostar has announced that it carried an increased number of passengers in the first quarter of this year
High-speed passenger train operator Eurostar has announced that the number of passengers it carried rose year-on-year by 7.5% in the first quarter of 2011.
The rail company, which operates services connecting London to Paris and Brussels, said it carried 2.15 million passengers in the first three months of this year.
The number of leisure passengers saw a rise of 9.2%, driven by an increase in the amount of tickets bought by Americans.
The business traveller figure also went up in the first three months of 2011.
Eurostar said it expects passenger figures to further swell during the royal wedding this month, and during next year's London Olympics - a development that will have been noted by
travel insurance firms.
Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive, Eurostar, said: "We are pleased to report strong growth during the first quarter of 2011 in both sales revenues and passenger numbers.
"While market conditions remain uncertain, we have seen an increase in business passenger volumes with a particular uplift from clients in the financial services sector."
He promised that passengers could expect "to see a raft of innovation in the coming months and years".
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