Extended travel hiatus deepens net loss for Channel Tunnel operator Getlink By Reuters – Investing.com

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Extended travel hiatus deepens net loss for Channel Tunnel operator Getlink By Reuters – Investing.com

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Channel tunnel operator Getlink, formerly known as Eurotunnel, is seen during the company's 2018 annual results presentation in Paris, France, February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (Reuters) - The operator of the Channel Tunnel deepened its net loss for the first half of 2021, as extended pandemic travel restrictions and the implementation of new Brexit border controls hit its traffic. Getlink, which operates the undersea railway tunnel that connects France with Britain, posted a net loss of 123 million euros ($145 million) on Thursday, compared with a loss of 79 million euros in the same period of 2020. The number of passengers crossing the Eurotunnel aboard its shuttles and on Eurostar trains plunged during the first half of the year, as governments extended travel restrictions to try and control the spread of more contagious variants of the coronavirus. Fewer logistics trucks also made the passage due to companies stockpiling ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union, though traffic picked up again in the second quarter. Getlink's revenues and core profit fell 12% and 19% respectively - although both exceeded the expectations of analysts polled by the company, while its cash position hit new…