Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

EasyJet unveils own connecting hub initiative

EasyJet unveils own connecting hub initiative

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.

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.

easyJet (U2, London Luton) has unveiled its own connecting hub project - Worldwide by easyJet - with Norwegian, Loganair, and Canada's WestJet its first partner carriers.

easyJet flies on more of Europe's 100 largest routes than any other airline. From London Gatwick, Norwegian already offers direct, affordable long-haul flights to 13 destinations, including 11 major United States cities, plus Singapore and Buenos Aires. easyJet flies on more of Europe's 100 largest routes than any other airline, according to Norwegian.

"By opening this new market segment this now means that easyJet can access a greater range of passengers flying across Europe".

Aviation consultant John Strickland said the deal would make customers' lives easier, but as easyJet already operated very full planes, it was more a case of topping up business where available.

Now around 200,000 "self-connect" on easyJet - booking separate easyJet flights and the Gatwick Connects product themselves in three different transactions. 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. We are confident it will be popular with customers and look forward to announcing more partners in the near future. 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. Between them they have tens of millions of connecting passengers each year whose journeys start or end in Europe.

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

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

All of this new connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop. "With simple bag transfer and missed connection cover travelling around the world just got a whole lot easier", it added.

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