Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017

British airlines crash out of top 30

Not a single British airline is considered to be amongst the best in the world, according to the much-coveted World Airline Awards.

Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic slipped out of the top 30 this year, with BA taking the biggest tumble from 26th place last year to 40th position.

Virgin Atlantic was the highest ranked of all UK carriers, coming in at number 33, but this was five places below last year's ranking.

EasyJet slipped from number 38 to 41 while Thomson was nudged down one place from 65 to 66.

The World Airline Awards, often referred to as 'airline Oscars', are based on based on passenger satisfaction surveys.

Qatar came top of the table this year, knocking off Emirates which dropped into fourth position. Singapore came second, followed by ANA.

Ryanair improved its ranking, rising from 108 to 76.

British Airline Pilots' Association BALPA blamed UK carriers' poor performance in the awards on stiff overseas competition.

It called on politicians to take urgent measures to ensure the UK's £52 billion aviation industry is able to compete with its rivals globally.

BALPA warned that passengers looking to book flights for 2018 might be put off by uncertainly about restrictions they might face post-Brexit.

"Pilots want reassurance that airlines will be able to continue to connect passengers with EU countries without the need to shift operations outside of the UK," it said.

If the uncertainty continues, it warns that British airlines might seek to set up bases within the EU, and therefore the UK market could lose significant value.

The association is also concerned that Heathrow, currently the aviation hub and busiest airport in Europe, could lose out to Paris or Amsterdam if passengers aren't reassured.

BALPA general secretary, Brian Strutton added: "Aviation brings £52 billion pounds a year in to the UK economy so we need to make sure it's a priority for politicians.

"We want to see aviation in the UK thrive, and that means making decisions now so that passengers don't lose confidence and turn to our European and global competitors."

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  • Party first country second

    Let's face it, the party currently in power isn't exactly known for taking the long view so from their perspective, a drop in passenger numbers is a plus since it eases the pressure on their inability to resolve the LHR 3rd runway issue.

    By ex Severn, Thursday, June 22, 2017

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