Jet2 voted best UK short haul airline

[October 15th 2008]

Jet2 flies to Rhodes has been voted the best short haul airline in the UK by readers of the Guardian and Observer.

The low cost airline, based at Leeds Bradford airport, was pipped for the title of best short haul airline in the world by Lufthansa, having won the award for the last two years. Of other UK short haul airlines easyJet came ninth and Ryanair fifteenth.

“The Guardian and Observer awards mean a lot to us as a business because they are voted for by the British public on key factors such as customer service and in-flight experience,” comments HR director, Claire Flynn, who attended the awards at a ceremony in the Moroccan city of Fez.

“Coming out top amongst the UK’s short haul airlines demonstrates yet again that low cost does not have to mean cutting corners on the things that mean the most to air travellers, ie customer service and punctuality, not just for a short period, but consistently,” Flynn adds. is launching 22 new destinations from six UK airports next summer, including Croatia and Rhodes, and is confident about its future. “In a difficult year for the UK travel industry, last month we announced record trading and load factors and we have been able to do this by introducing exciting leisure destinations that our customers want, at great value fares, at the times they want to fly,” says Flynn.

In the best business airline category at the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards, Virgin Atlantic came second behind Emirates and just ahead of Lufthansa. In the best long haul airline category, Singapore Airlines was again triumphant.

More than 17,000 readers voted and numerous other awards were presented, including to destinations. New Zealand was voted favourite long haul country, ahead of Peru, Cambodia, Japan and Vietnam. Switzerland won favourite European country, followed by Sweden, Croatia, Austria and Italy.

Favourite overseas city was Sydney, moving up from number two and displacing Hong Kong which tumbled down the rankings. Then came Krakow, San Francisco, Singapore and Vancouver. For the ninth year in succession Edinburgh was voted favourite UK city, beating Bath, Belfast, York and Glasgow.

Written by: Nick Purdom


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