insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 16

NEWS EUROSTAR REPORTS STABLE PASSENGER NUMBERS AND SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION OF NEW E320 TRAINS IN 2015 Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, recently reported stable passenger numbers in 2015 at 10.4 million (10.4 million: 2014). Underlying operating profit for the year was £34.0m (2014: £55.0m) with the year-on-year reduction due to adverse currency movements and costs relating to disruptions in 2015. Whilst the business saw a sharp drop in passenger numbers in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks in Nov