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Eurostar carries record 7.2 million passengers in 2004

Posted on January 5, 2005

European high-speed rail company, Eurostar, carried 7.27 million passengers in 2004, a 15% increase from 2003. Officials said a busy Christmas season, in which 250,000 people used the service, helped boost the year's total, reported the BBC News. Other records set for the year included 89.2% of trains arrived on time — a 10.9% increase over 2003 — and sales rose 15% to $816 million. "We are not seeing customers downgrade or switch to low-cost airlines, they are choosing to travel in high-speed comfort and style by train," Eurostar spokesman Paul Charles said. Eurostar is slated to complete an additional section of its rail link in 2007.

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