Eurostar has reported that the signs of recovery in the trading environment at the end of last year have continued into 2017. After a surge in late bookings towards the end of 2016, the business reported its busiest December ever and a strong start to the year.
Eurostar has revealed research exploring Brits’ ‘traveller-selves’. The new research shows that travellers enjoy a travel state of mind which changes attitudes to food, technology, relationships and even money as almost two thirds (65 per cent) say they transform into a version of themselves that they prefer.
Hahn Air is expanding its network of over 300 air, rail and shuttle partners with high-speed rail operator Eurostar. The UK-based train services are now available to travel agents worldwide for ticketing on Hahn Air’s HR-169 document with the exception of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
With a new fleet of trains rolling, The Netherlands being added to the network, and new passengers being wooed online, it is all change at Eurostar. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole talks with chief executive Nicolas Petrovic to find out more.
Eurostar has thrown open the doors to its new Business Premier lounge in Paris Gare du Nord. With business passengers increasingly choosing high-speed rail over plane travel, the new lounge offers a stylish, comfortable environment for both working and relaxing.
Eurostar is launching a new, lower and simpler Pass holder fare for all Interrail travellers, having joined Eurail Group. Interrail Pass holders looking to discover multiple destinations as they hop on and off Europe’s rail network can secure Eurostar seats from £23 one way in Standard class with their Interrail Pass.
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.