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Leading regional airline sees off major opposition to win Best Short-Haul Airline

19th January 2016

Flybe, Europe’s leading regional airline, was last night named Best Short-Haul Airline at the 2016 Business Travel Awards held in London, attended by leading figures from the travel industry.

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 and KLM as well as from others such as Easyjet and Fastjet. It is seen as clear validation of Flybe’s turnaround strategy over the past 18 months, putting it well and truly back on the map.

Flybe now occupies a distinctive niche in regional aviation providing a better alternative to rail, road and other airlines in providing time saving business travel for regional customers. The choice of frequent and conveniently timed flights, coupled with value pricing and a strong commitment to customer service, is favoured by business travellers for short haul flights.

“We are incredibly proud to have received such influential trade recognition and to receive the Best Short-Haul Airline award once again. This makes it particularly special for our staff and for our customers,” said Phil Delaney, Flybe’s Director of Sales & Marketing.

The judges commented that ‘new routes, especially those out of London City, and the fact that 40% of its passengers are flying for business-related reasons, highlight the fact that Flybe is very much geared to the corporate market’.

Flybe won the Best Short-Haul Airline award for two consecutive years back in 2010 and 2011. This latest accolade follows recognition received just two weeks’ ago for its punctuality. The airline was recognised as having outperformed many major UK players for its On Time Performance (OTP) in the Punctuality League 2015, published by the globally renowned air travel intelligence specialist, OAG. The annual report is regarded as the industry's most comprehensive annual ranking of on-time performance (OTP) for the world's airlines and airports.

Mr Delaney added: “Flybe is once again 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 double again next year!”


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Notes to Editors

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 194 routes serving 10 countries from 72 departure points, 37 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale Jan ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Dec ’14 – Nov‘15); named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Nov’15); operates fleet of 75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 71% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Nov ’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

*Flown under the Flybe brand (31 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)