High-speed rail service Eurostar has released its Q3 financial results, which show businesses are increasingly using the service for trips to mainland Europe.
The company revealed a 21 per cent increase in business passengers compared to Q3 2017, while the introduction of services between the UK and the Netherlands saw an additional 130,000 passengers use the line to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Meanwhile, a 6 per cent increase in customers from the US also boosted Eurostar’s performance.
Total passenger numbers were up 12 per cent to 3 million, while sales revenues increased 17 per cent to £247 million.
Responding to the growth in passengers travelling from the UK to the Netherlands, Eurostar is adding a third daily service from London in June 2019. It plans to increase this to four trains a day by the end of the year provided the governments of each country introduce border controls in the Netherlands.
Mike Cooper, CEO of Eurostar, commented: “After a strong summer period the business has continued to perform very well, buoyed up by our new London to Amsterdam service, which has transformed travel between these important capital cities. The potential of our Amsterdam route is significant as the Netherlands is becoming increasingly popular as a business and tourist destination.”