Sales revenues increased by 12% year-on-year, up from £880m in 2017 to £989m in 2018, and Eurostar reported a preliminary unaudited operating profit of £96.6m for 2018.
The business travel market grew by 12% in 2018 off the back of the popularity of Eurostar’s Business Premier service, which offers passengers flexibility, 10-minute check-in and a range of on-board menu options.
The number of travellers from the United States increased 9% year-on-year. More than 190 million passengers have used the service in the 26 years since it launched in 1994.
Leisure traffic was boosted by the success of Eurostar’s new London - Amsterdam service, with 250,000 passengers making the trip between the two capitals since it launched in April 2018
Eurostar has begun selling tickets for a third daily service starting in June this year to meet demand, and has committed to additional services following the introduction of border controls for the Amsterdam - London leg of the journey.
“The popularity of our new service between London and Amsterdam shows the growing appetite among customers for international high-speed rail travel and a sustainable alternative to the airlines,” says Eurostar chief executive, Mr Mike Cooper.