Eurostar passenger numbers soared to record levels last year, Channel Tunnel operator Getlink has revealed.
More than 11 million people travelled with the pan-European rail operator in 2019, up 1%. This, in turn, boosted revenue from Getlink’s railway network 3% to €315 million, with the operator citing the launch of a third daily London-Amsterdam service for the increase.
Passenger shuttle traffic, however – cars and coaches – fell 2% to 2.6 million and 50,000 respectively. Truck shuttle traffic declined 6% to 1.585 million.
Getlink nonetheless posted on Thursday (23 January) a marginal increase in revenue to €1.085 billion last year despite challenges posed by Brexit and French industrial action – its 10th year of consecutive revenue growth.
The operator, though, said ongoing Brexit uncertainties and France’s national strikes amounted to an €18 million hit.