High-speed rail operator Eurostar posted a fall in passenger numbers as travellers “remain cautious” in the wake of the recent Brussels terror attacks.
The Channel Tunnel service said passenger numbers slipped 3 per cent to 2.2 million in the three months to the end of March compared to a year ago, while sales fell 6 per cent to £201 million in the same period.
The operator said: “Travellers remain cautious following the terrorist attacks in Brussels and demand is dampened.
“The impact has been particularly evident in international markets with Eurostar reporting a slowdown in travellers from the US and Asia.”
However, Eurostar said it had seen a recent surge in ticket sales ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament, with the opening day of the competition – 10 June – proving to be the busiest day as hosts France take on Romania in the Stade de France in Paris.
Chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: “We have seen an unprecedented demand from football supporters keen to get to the Euros by train.
“With our city-centre to city-centre services and a brand new state-of-the art fleet of trains, we are ideally placed to carry fans from the UK direct to the heart of the action in France.”