EasyJet lets passengers book partner flights

Marco Green
September 13, 2017

The service called "Worldwide by Easyjet" also allows Easyjet passengers to connect with other Easyjet flights.

In January, Ryanair said it hoped to start offering connections to long-haul flights from Norwegian and Aer Lingus from May, but later said that would more likely be from September.

Easyjet's website will also sell stand-alone tickets on behalf of partner airlines alongside the connectivity product on Easyjet.com. Loganair tickets will be available on the LCC portal from October onwards.

Passengers taking connecting flights via London Gatwick - such as those travelling from Aberdeen to NY - will be able to book the entire trip on easyJet's website.

Peter Duffy, chief commercial officer at EasyJet, said around 70m passengers that fly though an EasyJet airport each year are connecting on to other flights, mainly long haul, and nearly 200,000 EasyJet passengers a year already self-connect their EasyJet flights through Gatwick Airport.

British budget airline easyJet launched a new booking platform on Wednesday to allow customers to more easily connect onto long-haul flights with other airlines, moving ahead of its rivals in a potentially lucrative market.

Low-priced airline easyJet PLC on Wednesday launched a new airline connections service, "Worldwide by easyJet", meant to allow customers to "seamlessly" connect their easyJet flight with partner airline flights.

Traditional network carriers such as American Airlines Group Inc. and British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, have long sold seats that involve a short-haul feeder leg to help fill the larger planes used on international flights. EasyJet said those may be added later.

EasyJet also said it was in talks with carriers in the Middle East and Asia about joining the scheme, which would expand into other airports in Europe. Passengers will have a minimum 2½-hour connection time.

"The way we have designed Worldwide by easyJet means that we can profitably access a major new pool of customers without undermining easyJet's operating model and punctuality". Nearly 200,000 Easyjet passengers a year already self-connect their Easyjet flights through Gatwick Airport.

Attention, fans of cheap travel and the colour orange: EasyJet is finally making the move into long-haul flights. We are confident it will be popular with customers and look forward to announcing more partners in the near future.

"GatwickConnects lets passengers seamlessly self-connect between different airlines at Gatwick at the touch of the button".

"For us this is a great opportunity to increase passenger traffic on our long-haul routes from Gatwick".

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