Independently owned UK domestic airline, Eastern Airways last night scooped
the Silver accolade in the European Regions Airline Association Annual
2003/04 Awards, during a gala dinner at Citywest in Dublin, Ireland. The
awards evening coincided with the Association`s Annual General Assembly.
A panel of aviation and travel journalists, drawn from 10 countries nine
from continental Europe and one from Europe, praised Eastern`s genuine
entrepreneurial operation and highlighted its performance in punctuality -
the highest among award entrants this year.
Eastern Airways, based at Humberside International Airport, UK, achieved a
65% network growth and has doubled its passenger traffic since March 2003,
taking over seven former British Airways CitiExpress routes, plus new
services to Inverness in Scotland. “Eastern is a fine example of a niche
market airline operating to a bold, but prudent strategy,” the judges
Eastern Airways becomes the first UK airline to win the coveted ERA award
since the annual accolades were created in 1991.
Accepting the Silver trophy from Jean Michel Leonard, CEO of ATR, Eastern
Airways Chairman Bryan Huxford noted: “I am delighted to accept such a
prestigious accolade and do so on behalf of our 350-strong team, who without their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment we would not have been able to achieve such unprecedented growth - so smoothly and so efficiently. This accolade is testament to the fact that an airline can succeed in a niche market, flying high frequency services with smaller aircraft, offering a
quality business product.”