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Jet2.com Low Cost Airline is World's No.1 into Schiphol

05th February 2004

Low cost airline Jet2.com is celebrating having scooped a prestigious award as the WORLD'S MOST PUNCTUAL AIRLINE flying into Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - one of Europe's largest and busiest. 

Almost a year after its inaugural flight into Holland Jet2.com, the North's low cost airline which operates from Leeds Bradford airport, has fought off stiff competition from airlines across the world before landing the most punctual airline award.

All 80 airlines operating to and from Schiphol were considered for the 2003 punctuality award, which is now in its eleventh year, and the UK carrier was placed first ahead of Finland's Finnair and Denmark's Maersk Air.

Jet2.com will be presented with this coveted prize on 5 February by Marike van Lier Lels, the airport's vice president, at a ceremony on the Schiphol site.

Philip Meeson, chief executive of Jet2.com, commented: "This is a major honour for our airline and a huge achievement by all of our staff. It takes more than just a first class flight crew and engineers to ensure we depart and arrive on time.

"There are many people at Jet2.com who are not customer facing and who work hard to ensure we meet our slot take-off times. We are absolutely thrilled to be officially voted the most punctual airline operating to one of the largest airports in Europe.


 "Although our passengers predominantly choose Jet2.com for our low fares to destinations across Europe, punctuality is a key issue for customers and this is particularly the case on business routes such as Amsterdam.

"Just as low cost doesn't mean no frills, it also doesn't mean we neglect things like customer service and timeliness and our business principals have been given a huge thumbs-up today."

Leon Verhallen, director of passenger airline marketing at Schiphol Airport, added: "Over 40 million passengers travel through Schiphol Airport every year and punctuality is a key requirement for the success of any carrier.

"Previous winners of the overall punctuality award have all been major carriers from the Nordic region. However, this year Jet2.com is the first UK carrier of any description to have even been nominated let alone win, which highlights its growing reputation on the continent."

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