EasyJet Launches New Airline Connections Service At Gatwick

EasyJet Launches New Airline Connections Service At Gatwick

EasyJet Launches New Airline Connections Service At Gatwick

The new service replicates traditional interline and codeshare agreements with self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital hub. So far, EasyJet's teamed up with United States carrier WestJet and Norwegian, which means you'll be able to book flights to North and South America as well as Singapore.

Ryanair launched a similar service, although on a smaller scale, with Air Europa earlier this year.

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.

Norwegian chief commercial officer, Thomas Ramdahl, said: "Travel should be affordable for all so we are delighted to partner with another quality low-priced airline like easyJet to offer passengers even more choice". "Whilst Worldwide by easyJet is launching with our largest base London Gatwick we will broaden our focus to include our other biggest airports - such as Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Barcelona".

The company has plans to sign on more partners, with talks already under way for connections with middle and far-eastern airlines.

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Loganair is signed up as a further launch partner and their tickets will be available on easyJet.com from next month.

Bookings will include the GatwickConnects service, meaning passengers' checked luggage will be transferred to their second flight, and if they miss their connection they will be given a seat on the next available flight free of charge.

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. Nearly 200k easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport. Technology partner Dohop will be providing the technology platform for Worldwide by easyJet. The service will offer the same connectivity "simply and efficiently", according to Easyjet.

Under the Worldwide scheme, passengers will also be able to connect with other easyJet flights. Passengers will have a minimum 2-1/2 hour connection time.

Norwegian is partnering with easyJet on the new "Worldwide by easyJet" platform, allowing passengers to connect a Norwegian long-haul flight with an easyJet short-haul flight in one single booking.

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