RealTime IT News

Eurotunnel Publishes 1999 Fares On the Internet, Priced In Euros

Eurotunnel has published its 1999 fares on the Internet--priced in Euros with local currency conversions.

The fares are also available through Eurotunnel's Call Centre and travel agents.

This latest move by Eurotunnel suggests that European use of the Internet is coming of age--a fact confirmed by a recent telephone survey of consumers in the UK, Germany and France. The survey, commissioned by Dell, Ziff-Davis and Yahoo!, says that seven million Europeans will begin to use the Internet over the next six months.

Higher Prices

Among the Eurotunnel fares are summer Apex fares for July and August that offer major savings on peak prices for people booking and paying before March 31, 1999. However, summer peak fares are up by around 25 per cent.

Travel from the UK to France, a distance of some 21 miles coast-to-coast (further from London to Paris), between "6:01 a.m. and 10:00 p.m." July 9 to August 31 on Fridays and Saturdays will cost #279 return, up from #220. At current rates of exchange the new fare is around $460.

To put this in perspective: return air fares from London to New York and back--a distance of around 6,000 miles--are currently available for #136 ($224). In other words, it costs twice as much to cross the Channel as it does to cross the Atlantic.

Eurotunnel notes that fares have increased because the abolition of Duty Free has ended what it calls "the distortion of the market" and will mean that transport operators have need to charge a price for transport "which reflects the costs of provision."