A few weeks in the past Eurostar introduced it will have a brand new CEO efficient October 1.
Gwendoline Cazanave, who in earlier years had held plenty of high-level posts at SNCF, will take over from current CEO Jacques Damas.
Mme Cazanave issued a bullish media assertion saying the newly merged Eurostar-Thalys operation meant to extend passenger volumes by one-third inside ten years.
Nevertheless the next day confusion emerged when Eurostar introduced a future technique to pay attention solely on core routes: London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
Eurostar wouldn’t say when, or even when, its seasonal path to Marseille would resume (not to mention its pre-pandemic plans for Bordeaux) and no point out of its earlier plans for a foray into Germany.
Since our piece was revealed Eurostar now says its London-Disneyland Paris service shall be axed from June 2023.
How may Eurostar develop its core market by one third contemplating the capability constraints at London St Pancras, Paris Nord and Amsterdam Centraal?
Now a joint video produced by Eurostar and Thalys suggests it’s possible most growth shall be seen at Thalys.
🎬 Take a look at our video and get to know our welcoming groups! pic.twitter.com/1qDL3AHHdE
— Thalys Newsroom (@NewsroomThalys) September 7, 2022
Why? Effectively take into account that Thalys’ multi-voltage TGVs have gotten lengthy within the tooth and no new items are on order to deal with growth.
Thalys’ current fleet dates to the Nineteen Nineties and its market has grown through the years.
Moreover every Thalys unit seats fewer than 700 passengers whereas Eurostar’s Siemens items accommodate round 900.
I think that a number of the spare Eurostar Siemens items freed up by the agency specializing in core routes may very well be used to increase Thalys providers.
There could also be points with the trains’ size (Siemens items are longer than that of the TGVs) however there are not any technical issues, as Siemens items are already cleared to function over Thalys’ important Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris route.
They might additionally function into Germany (Thalys additionally serves Dusseldorf) with some modification.
Developments are awaited.