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Cheap tickets boost high-speed AVE sales

Spanish train operator Renfe has seen passenger numbers increase by 14 per cent after introducing new discounted services.

Between February 8 and June 2, Renfe cut the price of AVE trains by 11 per cent in an attempt to reverse a decline in sales for high-speed services.

Since the introduction of the new pricing structure, sales have increased by 18 per cent on last year.

Train occupancy has also risen from 2012 levels to an average of 75 per cent.