Eurostar today reported signs of recovery in the trading environment with passenger numbers increasing year-on-year over the last eight weeks. This uplift follows a challenging period in which demand was dampened by the terrorist attack in Nice at the end of July. With the recent fall in sterling, the business also saw an increase in the number of passengers coming from France to the UK during the October half term holidays, with traffic up 18 per cent year-on-year during that period.
Eurostar services have been suspended following a power failure at the Channel Tunnel. Eurotunnel, which operates freight and car services, has also been forced to cancel services as overhead power problems knocked out supplies. Engineers are investigating what repairs are needed to rectify the problem.
Eurostar is providing another chance for skiers to take the train to the slopes, with additional services on sale today for the peak school holiday period during February half-term 2017. The services to the French Alps offer a hassle-free journey, taking winter sports fans direct from platform to piste and offering a generous baggage allowance including two suitcases plus hand luggage and skis or snowboards at no extra cost.
Train managers at Eurostar are to walk out on strike for seven days as part of a long-running dispute over work-life balance at the train operator. Four days of strike action will being at 00:01 Friday, lasting until 23:59 hours on Monday. A further three days of strike action will begin at 00:01 on Saturday August 27th, ending at 23:59 on Monday, August 29th.
Eurostar has reported a challenging second quarter of 2016, as business demand softened in the run-up to the EU referendum and leisure traffic continued to be impacted by the Brussels terrorist attacks. Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with Europe has resulted in a drop in business travel, while on the leisure market there has been a continued slowdown in traffic from international markets, the USA and Japan in particular.
Skiers looking for the best way to travel to the slopes can start planning their winter adventure with Eurostar. The high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe opens sales for its popular service from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps on July 20th.
Eurostar and ITV Essentials have today announced a new partnership which will extend the range of entertainment available on board. Launching on Eurostar’s state-of-the-art fleet of e320 trains, travellers can unlock a range of British drama by using their own device to connect to the free on-board Wi-Fi.
Eurostar partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office today to give football fans a ‘green carpet’ send off and wish supporters a successful trip as they make their way to the Euro 2016 tournament. A Eurostar platform at London’s St Pancras International has been transformed into a mini football pitch, as almost a million passengers are set to travel by Eurostar during the Euros.
Eurostar Business Premier passengers will be treated to a new afternoon menu designed by Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc. The updated menu has been introduced following feedback from customers indicating a preference for a fuller range of options during their afternoon journey, with many often missing lunch due to meetings.
Eurostar has reported strong forward bookings for the Euro 2016 tournament as football fever kicks in. With direct high-speed Eurostar services to the main host cities including Lille, Paris, Lyon and Marseille, nearly half a million passengers from across the UK are scheduled to travel during the tournament.
Eurostar is launching a new above the line campaign designed to showcase its service benefits and features of the new state-of-the-art fleet. The central campaign created with creative agency AKQA features four 40 second videos each set inside a carriage that follow the journey of individual passengers as they travel from London to Paris.