National Express’s record-breaking Christmas
National Express is revealing it hit new heights this Christmas as the company broke records for passenger numbers and revenue.
Boxing Day was the UK’s largest coach operator’s busiest day of the year and its single largest day of sales ever, as coach travel proves to be an increasingly popular option at Christmas.
Over the Christmas holidays National Express moved nearly half a million passengers on its network, with passenger numbers on Christmas Day and Boxing Day up 15 per cent compared to last year.
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “We’re delighted to announce a bumper Christmas performance this year with not one but two records broken on the same day. Coach is proving to be an increasingly popular travel option at Christmas and with the rail network partially shutdown for upgrade work we are proud to have been able to step up a gear and deliver a really great Christmas.”
- Nearly 500,000 passengers carried over the Christmas holidays
- Passenger and revenue records broken on Boxing Day
- 15 per cent year-on-year increase in passenger numbers on Christmas and Boxing Day
- A6 and A7 London - Stansted Airport services the most popular airport services
- 035 Bournemouth - London and 040 Bristol - London most popular intercity services
- Five of the seven mainline rail routes closed over Christmas
- Coach services ran to 81 locations on Christmas Day the highest number ever
With large parts of the rail network closed for engineering works over Christmas and shutdown entirely on Christmas and Boxing Day, National Express stepped up its coach operations this Christmas by adding more stops, seats and services than ever before – in order to meet demand.
Passengers travelling with National Express over Christmas benefited from films, TV and magazines through the complimentary on-board entertainment app VUER, as well as a generous luggage allowance and power sockets, to make getting home for Christmas really enjoyable.