EasyJet lets passengers book partner flights

Gladys Abbott
September 13, 2017

Technology partner Dohop will be providing the technology platform for Worldwide by easyJet.

"You can book flights with our partner airlines and add your connecting easyJet flights via London Gatwick in a single booking".

The firm said it was the first global airline connections service created by a low fares carrier.

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

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Gatwick, said the new service will mean EasyJet passengers can easily and quickly self-connect with other flights at Gatwick, which offers more than 60 long-haul routes. In addition to collaborations at Gatwick, the company plans to expand to other key airports in Europe such as Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Barcelona.

Both easyJet and Ryanair have for some time been looking at so-called feeder flights to attract more customers, and have often said traditional carriers should use low cost rivals to bring passengers to their hubs.

EasyJet said it will sign up other airlines to the new system and discussions are "already far advanced" with Middle Eastern and Far Eastern carriers among others.

EasyJet insisted the scheme will not impact on its punctuality or operating model.

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"Worldwide by easyJet will also allow airlines with complementary networks to easyJet to sell their seats to our customer base - accessing the 360m visitors to easyJet.com every year".

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.

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.

"Airline Easyjet has launched a new feature that allows customers to book other airlines" flights and connections to other long-haul services.

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

Norwegian's long-haul network now includes more than 55 routes from Europe to the US, Asia and South America.

The destinations which can now be booked on easyJet.com include New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Toronto and Singapore.

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