EasyJet muscles in on long-haul passengers with new connecting service

Ivan Schwartz
September 13, 2017

The service will allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport, south of London.

EASYJET passengers can now book long-haul flights though the low-priced airline.

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".

As well as adding partners at Gatwick Airport, easyJet plans to expand to other key airports in Europe such as Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Charles De Gaulle in Paris, and Barcelona.

easyJet will sign other airlines up to Worldwide by easyJet with talks already far advanced with middle-eastern and far eastern carriers among others.

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.

Now around 200,000 "self-connect" on easyJet - booking separate easyJet flights and the Gatwick Connects product themselves in three different transactions.

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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.

The airline will also allow customers to book tickets on its site for other partner airlines. So far, Loganair has signed up to offer passengers the ability to buy onward flights from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands and islands, as well as the Glasgow to Barra link, the world's only scheduled service to a beach airport. The service will offer the same connectivity "simply and efficiently", according to Easyjet.

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.

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.

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

"Almost 200k easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport - and that doesn't include those connecting between easyJet and long haul flights".

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