Posted on: 02 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Eastern Airways, has been awarded the prestigious Gold Airline of the Year award by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), with Sky Express and Air Nostrum winning the Silver and Bronze awards respectively.
The judging panel commended Eastern Airways for its 16 years of consistent profitability, winning further Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes in France; extending its contracts with the oil industry, reacting swiftly to changing market conditions and seizing new commercial opportunities to expand its network of scheduled services, and bringing new investment into the business.
Richard Lake, chief executive of Eastern Group, commented, “It is a great honour to again win the prestigious gold award, which is testament to the efforts and professionalism of every member of the team at Eastern Airways. To be recognised by our peers in the industry is tremendous as regional aviation is one of the most challenging and competitive sectors in the world. We must also thank our customers and trade partners who have continually supported us throughout our many years of operation.”
Silver winner, Sky Express, was commended for its ability to maintain profitability in the extremely challenging Greek economic environment. The airline was also praised for the launch of a new reservation system and the addition of the ATR 42 to its fleet.
Bronze winner Air Nostrum not only survived the recent economic storm in Spain but also attracted a new equity investor and renegotiated its prorate agreement in such testing and competitive times.
Photos show: (top) Eastern Airways chairman Bryan Huxford and group CEO Richard Lake; (bottom left) Agamemnon Kikerakis, vice-chairman and CEO of Sky Express; and (bottom right) Air Nostrum CEO Carlos Bertomeu.