Saturday 19 August 2017

TripAdvisor names Europe's Top 10 airlines - but which Irish carrier makes the cut?

Travellers' Choice Awards

Flying high. Photo: Deposit
Flying high. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

TripAdvisor has revealed its Travellers' Choice Award winners for airlines, with no shortage of surprises in the mix.

Aer Lingus is the only airline to rank on the travel giant's list of the Top 10 airlines in Europe, with no place for Ryanair.

  1. Aeroflot
  2. Turkish Airlines
  3. KLM
  4. Lufthansa
  5. Swiss
  6. Virgin Atlantic
  7. Finnair
  8. Austrian Airlines
  9. Aer Lingus
  10. Icelandair

Needless to say, the top spot for Aeroflot - once the butt of frequent flyers' jokes - is a shock, although the brand has been reinventing itself in recent years.

Emirates tops the list of world's best carriers, ahead of Singapore.

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TripAdvisor's 10 best airlines:

  1. Emirates
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Azul
  4. JetBlue
  5. Air New Zealand
  6. Korean Air
  7. Japan Airlines
  8. Thai Smile
  9. Alaska Airlines
  10. Garuda Indonesia

Surprisingly, Brazilian budget carrier (Azul) ranks third, with other low-cost airlines including JetBlue and Thai Smile meaning there is no room for legacy carriers like Etihad, British Airways, Qantas or American Airlines.

TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards, now in their 15th year, are determined based on "millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide," the online travel giant says.

Neither Ryanair nor Aer Lingus feature on its list of Top 10 low-cost carriers, which was topped by Jet2.com, followed by Aegean Airlines, S7 Airlines, Monarch, Air Malta, Norwegian, Volotea, Flybe, Thomson and TUI Fly.

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