crowned top budget airline in Europe

Jet2 is enjoying a flying start to 2018 as it announces a string of new routes and collects another prestigious accolade.

The UK-based carrier has been named as Europe’s top low cost airline and is among the top ten airlines in the world in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2018. The company ranked seventh in the overall category fending off challenges from the likes of Qatar Airways and Korean Air. It is the second consecutive year which has cracked the top ten.

It also fought off strong competition from the likes of KLM, Swiss, Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines to win the title of Best Economy Class. It was a clean sweep for the Leeds-headquartered airline as it also beat Romania’s Blue Air and the Scandinavian branch of Thomas Cook Airlines to win the top low cost airlines in Europe crown.

Launched in 2016, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on the quantity and quality of reviews the airlines receive over the course of the year. Customers are invited to submit written feedback as well as rating the airlines on aspects such as legroom, seat comfort, value for money, cleanliness, check-in and boarding, food and drink and in-flight entertainment.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of, expressed the company’s pride in collecting these prestigious awards. Mr Heapy said: “We have been beating the competition to win prestigious awards in the UK for some time, and now we are taking that success onto a global stage.

“The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines are based on the experiences of paying customers, which makes them truly representative and all the more rewarding to receive as a result.”

The awards come at an exciting time for with the company adding 50,000 seat across it 2018 summer schedule. The airline has expanded its presence at London Stansted Airport adding an extra 33 sun and city destination including Lanzarote, Tenerife, Majorca, the Algarve and Madeira.

This follows hot on the heels of a similar move at both Birmingham Airport and Glasgow Airport for summer 2019. The airline explained that these decisions have been taken to strengthen their position in both the Midlands and Scotland.

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