Leeds-Bradford International Airport and airline Jet 2 have scooped national industry ‘Oscars’.
The Yeadon airport has been named the best in the UK at the annual Globe Travel Awards, while leisure airline Jet2.com, which has its headquarters at the airport, has retained its best short-haul airline title for a third time.
The awards, voted for by travel agents, recognise excellence across the travel sector and are regarded as the top travel accolades.
Comedian James Corden presented the airport prize to James Broughton, Leeds-Bradford’s sales and marketing manager, while the airline award was collected by Jet2’s commercial director Steve Lee in a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Tony Hallwood, LBIA’s aviation development and marketing director, said: “Receiving this award is a fantastic achievement for Leeds-Bradford Airport, which recognises the ongoing hard work of our team of dedicated staff and the successful relationships we foster with our travel and trade partners.
“Gaining recognition as best UK airport by the travel industry is an accomplishment which we are immensely proud of, and shows just how far Leeds- Bradford Airport has come in recent years. We remain dedicated to further improve and expand services available from Leeds-Bradford to offer increased destination choice for Yorkshire passengers.”
Jet2.com, which operates 46 routes from Leeds-Bradford, is celebrating winning the award for the third year running after seeing off strong competition from Easyjet, BA and Lufthansa.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named once again as best short haul airline and to be the only company to scoop this accolade three years in a row.
“This latest achievement follows an excellent year of growth for the company and puts us in a fantastic position for the New Year. Such industry recognition is also testament to the ongoing commitment of our staff at Jet2.com who make it possible for our customers to travel to and from some of Europe’s finest destinations.
“The secret to our continued success is the fact that we take real pride in listening and responding to our customers’ needs. We know that nowadays people want good value for money more than ever. ”
Clive Jacobs, chairman at award sponsor Travel Weekly Group, said: "The Globe Travel Awards isn’t just the biggest night in the travel industry calendar. The Globes are voted for solely by the agent community to ensure suppliers receive the accolades they deserve.”