It's Official is the Best European Short Haul Airline

October 10, 2006 at 00:00, the low cost airline based in Yorkshire continued its meteoric rise today with the announcement that it has been voted the ‘Best European Short-Haul Airline’, in the Travel Awards 2006 held in South Africa.

The airline was praised for its exemplary service and low cost fares by its passengers; two characteristics often attributed to northern businesses, proving that frugality does not mean skimping on quality.

The awards, sponsored by the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and now celebrating 20 years of identifying the cream of the travel industry, singled out as the pick of the bunch following extensive research into customer satisfaction. headed off fierce competition from European national carriers like BA, Lufthansa and Air France/KLM and other low cost airlines.

The airline, which now flies to 38 destinations across Europe from six established bases, scooped the prestigious award at a luxurious gala ceremony in the South African city of Cape Town.

Philip Meeson, boss of, speaking from the airline’s Leeds Bradford Airport HQ said: “We are absolutely elated to win this award and the confirmation it gives that we have a winning combination of second-to-none service and low cost fares."

“I would like to underline our heartfelt thanks, firstly to all our passengers who spoke so highly of us in the research and secondly, to all our staff especially our cabin crew and customer service agents, whose unstinting commitment to providing friendly and attentive service has won us this prestigious award."

“I am also thrilled to say that in winning, we have fought off every European flag carrier and so called ‘low cost’ airline across the continent – an accolade indeed and confirmation can deliver the lowest fares and highest level of service.”

Best European Short-Haul Airline 2006

  2. Aer Lingus
  3. Lufthansa

More than 15,000 readers expressed their views in the annual survey and the winners were announced at a ceremony held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Launched 20 years ago, The Guardian/Observer/Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards are the most established consumer travel awards in Britain. Readers are invited to participate in an extensive survey, rating the companies they have travelled with and the cities and countries they visited.

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