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      Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

      Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the biggest operator at George Best Belfast City Airport, has won two top travel industry awards, being named ‘Airline of the Year for the UK & Ireland’ in this year’s Travel Agents Choice Awards; and scooped the ‘Best UK Domestic Airline’ accolade at the Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards, beating off stiff competition from BA, Aer Lingus, easyjet and Jet2.
      Both awards are given following independent voting by UK travel agents and sponsored by leading travel trade publications to acknowledge star performers in the travel industry across a range of categories.

      Commenting on the NI Travel and Tourism Award, Ken Harrower, Flybe Regional Sales Manager said: “It is a great honour to have won this Award, made all the more special because it is decided by our peers across the local travel and tourism industry. We have a great working relationship with the travel trade who play an integral role in driving our corporate and leisure business in Northern Ireland and this award is a terrific endorsement of our successful partnership. Indeed the award has capped a very good year for us as we celebrated our 10th Anniversary, saw the introduction of our new 175 Embraer jets and the adoption of our new ‘Making Flying Better’ culture which is delivering more transparent booking, a bigger choice of fares and improved services. Congratulations must go to the 250 Flybe staff based in Belfast who have made winning this Award possible.”

      Flybe has already received the ‘Best UK Domestic Airline’ award at a gala dinner in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Belfast and will be presented with the ‘Airline of the Year for the UK & Ireland’ award during World Travel Market in November.

      General Manager market Development at Flybe Andrea Hayes

      General Manager of Market Development at Flybe Andrea Hayes and Flybe Regional Sales Manager Ken Harrower pictured holding the 'Airline of the Year for the UK & Ireland' Award