Eurostar promotion targets stranded British travellers

LONDON - Eurostar is making 30,000 standard class tickets available at a lower price of £89, targeting consumers stranded as a result of cancelled flights due to the volcanic ash cloud.

Eurostar: offering lower-priced tickets to stranded Britons
Eurostar: offering lower-priced tickets to stranded Britons

The cross-Channel rail operator is offering the additional tickets for dates between 20 and 25 April. They are expected to sell out within hours.

The lower-prices tickets represent a considerable saving for customers, as single Eurostar tickets between London and Paris can cost more than £300.

On its Twitter feed, the company stated: "Given the high level of demand, seats on Eurostar are selling quickly and customers are advised to go to eurostar.com to check availability,"

Airlines are feeling the cost of the crisis and UK airspace is to remain closed until at least 1am tomorrow.

British Airways estimates it is losing up to £20m per day as a result of grounded flights, while travel operator TUI claims it is suffering a £6m loss for each day that the crisis continues.

The government has sent three Royal Navy ships to European ports to help transport some of the estimated 150,000 stranded Britons back to the UK.

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