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Passengers desperate to celebrate New Year’s in Paris were scrambling for tickets to France after Eurostar cancelled all of its services due to floods hitting a major tunnel connecting Britain to Europe.

Unfortunately for revellers, plane tickets between London and Paris have skyrocketed in response to the chaos. Air France direct flight tickets start at £675, departing London on December 31 in the evening (at the time of writing). Whereas a direct Air France flight from Birmingham to Paris departing tomorrow evening costs slightly less, at £260.

Thousands of travellers trying to salvage their end-of-year plans were faced with soaring air fares that have been rising by the minute, with some airlines at full capacity already.

The central London terminal was filled with people in tears due to the “unprecedented disaster”. Many were hoping to watch the fireworks in the French capital or visit Disneyland Paris.

Disruption began when water-filled tunnels at Ebbsfleet International in Kent, disrupted all high speed services south of the Thames today.

Eurostar has issued a latest statement saying flooding has been brought under control: “Flooding in the Thames tunnels has been brought under control by Network Rail High Speed meaning at least one tunnel can now be used and a full service can operate.

“There will be some speed restrictions in place in the morning which may lead to delays and stations are expected to be very busy.

“Unfortunately, this unprecedented event has caused major disruption to customers today. Customers are encouraged to visit the Eurostar website for more information on their journey and compensation entitlement.”

Among the heartbroken families, earlier in the day, Dubin-based Luana Andrade, 36, said: “We going to have to rearrange everything.”

As reported in the Daily Mail, she said: “I don’t think we are going to be able to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris because even if we get a flight for tomorrow we’re going to get there at like 10pm or 11pm.”

Thames Water had revealed the cause of the flood was an incident relating to a fire control system involving “pipe flooding”.

All 41 trains scheduled for December 30 from London to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam on the Eurostar were cancelled, with footage captured showing floodwater gushing through tunnels. has contacted Air France for comment on the airfare.

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This notice was published: 2023-12-30 22:04:00

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