Flybe receives ‘Airline of the Year’ Award, launches extra seats for summer 2014

Flybe, Europe’s largest independent regional airline and the biggest operator at George Best Belfast City Airport, has been named ‘Best UK Domestic Airline’ at the Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards.

This is the second consecutive year that Flybe has won the award ahead of BA, Aer Lingus, easyjet and Jet2. The award was based on independent voting by travel agents throughout Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the award, Ken Harrower, Flybe regional sales manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have won this Award, made all the more special because it is determined by our peers across the local travel and tourism industry.

‘It is especially significant that we have won in this particular year which not only marks our 30th anniversary operating out of George Best Belfast City Airport, but also sees us take major strides towards the next three decades. In reference to these, the personal touch remains a key element as it remains a critical part of our commitments to customer satisfaction and congratulations must go to all of the staff at Belfast who made winning this award possible.’

Over 400 representatives of the travel and tourism industry in Northern Ireland attended the ceremony at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle.

In other Flybe news, the Stornoway Gazette reported that Flybe’s franchise carrier, Loganair, would offer 1,000 extra seats for summer 2014, operating extra rotations between Stornoway and Glasgow every Saturday and Sunday.

Phil Preston, Loganair’s chief operating officer, said: ‘We are very happy to be launching our summer 2014 schedule, and to be adding weekend frequency on our Stornoway to Glasgow route.

‘Scotland will be in focus in 2014 with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Homecoming and the Ryder Cup. We hope our network of routes will encourage tourists to extend their visit to include a trip to the Western Isles as well as giving island residents the opportunity to fly south and enjoy the sporting events in Glasgow.’

Services until September 9 are available for booking, with subsequent flights being made available in early December.