Under the helm of its freshly appointed CEO Agnès Ogier, Thalys International is entering a new period in its history, to become an independent corporate entity. Agnès Ogier shared some of her visions for the future of Thalys with The Corporate Traveller Magazine.

High speed rail to 26 stations in 4 countries

Since its creation in 1996, Thalys’ high speed rails network has grown to cover 26 destinations spread over 4 countries, at speeds of up to 300 km/h.

Besides key cities such as Paris, Lille, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Thalys provides convenient links to five airports - Paris Charles de Gaulle, Brussels Airport, Charleroi Sud, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport and Düsseldorf Airport. Until now the status of Thalys has been as the commercial and marketing arm of the high speed rail service managed by SNCF, SNCB and Deutsche Bahn, with Netherlands Railways operating the trains in the Netherlands. This is about to change, at the end of March, when Thalys will become an independent entity.


In November, Eurostar is celebrating its 20th year of high speed rail services between London and the continent. Nicolas Petrovic, CEO, talked to us about Eurostar's successes and exciting new plans for growth. Since its 1994 debut, Eurostar has carried over 145 million passengers between the UK to France and Belgium. The two years in the run up to this 20th anniversary year have been particularly productive. Passenger numbers and sales revenues continue to grow, boosted by business travel passengers, which increased by 6% in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year.