Slump in passenger numbers on Eurostar lines in second quarter
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    Slump in passenger numbers on Eurostar lines in second quarter

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    A slump in Eurostar passenger numbers.
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    The number of passengers using high speed Eurostar lines decreased by 3% in the second quarter reaching only 2.7 million people. This compares to 2.8 million passengers the same period, Eurostar indicates today (Friday).

    The operator’s turnover attained £208 million (€247.2 million) compared to £232 million (or €275.8 million) for the same period in 2015.

    Eurostar says, that uncertainty around the future relationship between the United Kingdom and Europe, following the UK’s “Brexit” referendum, has led to a decrease in the number of business travellers. However, Eurostar also noted a contraction in the number of standard class travellers, in particular the Americans and the Japanese.

    However in June, the number of passengers increased, as a one-off, by 2% owing to Euro 2016 football tournament. In the context of Brussels, Eurostar trains in particular link Brussels-Midi to Saint-Pancras Station in London.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times