Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

EasyJet goes global with new connections service

EasyJet goes global with new connections service

The new service replicates traditional interline and codeshare agreements with self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital hub.

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.

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

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.

"It is this market segment that Worldwide by EasyJet will open up for us", he said.

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The company has plans to sign on more partners, with talks already under way for connections with middle and far-eastern airlines. For this, Scotland's Loganair Ltd is signed up as a further launch partner, and their tickets will be available on easyJet.com from next month.

Peter Duffy, Chief Commercial Office for easyJet, commented: "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 industry leading punctuality". Nearly 200k easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport.

All of this new connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop.

The Gatwick Connect scheme allows passengers to pick up their bags and drop them off at a transfer desk before going through security for their next flight.

The airline will also allow customers to book tickets on its site for other partner airlines.

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EasyJet said more long haul airlines are expected to join the scheme soon.

Previously, you've had to book each flight separately through different websites, but now you can plan your entire journey for certain long-haul trips through EasyJet alone.

"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". Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

It will not hold flights for connecting passengers, who will be subject to a minimum connection time of two and a half hours between flights.

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