EasyJet will now let you book long-haul flights with other carriers

Andrew Cummings
September 13, 2017

"Because of easyJet's strong positions at Europe's leading airports and our customer focus long haul carriers have been asking to work with easyJet for some time and the new technology platform has now allowed us to do so".

"With Norwegian's growing long-haul networks and easyJet's extensive European routes, millions more passengers will have the chance to travel to some of the world's top destinations, all with great fares, smooth connections and a quality service". That's c.1% of our passengers at the airport and that doesn't include those connecting between easyJet and long haul flights."We are delighted with the partners who have signed up for our launch today".

Liberum Securities said it was hard to get a handle on how beneficial the initiative would be to easyJet; easyJet notes that 1% of its Gatwick passengers already self-connect between easyJet flights.

EasyJet has partnered with Norwegian and WestJet for its so-called Worldwide by EasyJet service, which will offer flights to North and South America and Singapore from Gatwick.

Easyjet will also sell stand-alone tickets on behalf of partner airlines, allowing customers to book flights without connections.

Around 200,000 passengers a year connect from one easyJet flight to another at Gatwick, but they have previously needed to book each flight separately and transfer their own luggage.

Low-priced carrier easyjet PLC (LON:EZJ) has signed agreements that allow its passengers to transfer on to Norwegian Air and WestJet long-haul flights at Gatwick airport.

EasyJet said it is expecting to offer connections on more long-haul airlines soon and is already in discussions with those flying to Asia and the Middle East.

Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute "Minimum Connection Time", which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals.

Under the Worldwide scheme, passengers will also be able to connect with other easyJet flights.

This will give smaller airlines access to a larger market as around 360 million visits were made to easyJet's website in the past 12 months.

Bargain travellers can now fly to a range of long-haul holiday destinations via Gatwick Airport thanks to EasyJet's new partnership with Norwegian.

Peter Duffy, Chief Commercial Office for easyJet, said: "We know there is a real customer demand for making flight connections on easyJet easier".

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