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January 25th 2011

Flybe scoops top award for second consecutive year at prestigious Business Travel Awards

Leading regional airline sees off major opposition to win Best Short-Haul Airline and in Top 5 for Best Airline Worldwide

Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic carrier was last night named Best Short-Haul Airline for the second consecutive year at the 2011 Business Travel Awards held in London. The awards are judged by top industry professionals and as such are not only regarded as the highest recognition given by the UK travel industry but also considered to be amongst the most valued recognition in the business travel sector worldwide.

In securing the Best Short-Haul Airline award, Flybe beat off tough competition from legacy carriers British Airways, Lufthansa and Finnair, clearly proving that the business model it adopted on formation in 2002 with value pricing and a strong commitment to customer service, continues to be favoured by business travellers for short haul flights.

For the first time, Flybe was the also shortlisted in the Top 5 for the Best Airline Worldwide award in the company of British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer says: “We are delighted to receive such high profile recognition and, of course, to receive the Best Short-Haul Airline award for the second year in a row makes it particularly special for our staff and for our passengers.

“We were also pleased to have been amongst the airline giants nominated for the Best Airline Worldwide. It is clear validation that we are now firmly positioned as an industry leader with a successful business model committed to connecting communities and providing an affordable high-quality regional service for our business travellers. Our challenge now is to make it a triple next year!”