EasyJet's new platform lets passengers book long-haul flights with other airlines

A Norwegian passenger jet

"Worldwide by Easyjet' makes the low-fare airline the first of its kind to offer global connections with other companies".

Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures. Nearly 200k easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport.

Ryanair launched a similar service, although on a smaller scale, with Air Europa earlier this year. From London Gatwick, Norwegian already offers direct, affordable long-haul flights to 13 destinations, including 11 major U.S. cities, plus Singapore and Buenos Aires. easyJet flies on more of Europe's 100 largest routes than any other airline, according to Norwegian.

It plans to expand to other key airports in Europe such as Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona.

Easyjet's website will also start selling stand-alone tickets on other airlines and Scottish carrier Loganair has signed up as a launch partner.

The new service is called Worldwide by EasyJet, and will use GatwickConnects to help passengers jump from one flight to another at the airport.

Customers will also be able to book connecting easyJet flights as well as the GatwickConnects service in one transaction, rather than three separate ones as is needed now.

Chief commercial officer Peter Duffy said 70 million passengers that fly though an easyJet airport each year are connecting on to other flights, mainly long haul, and nearly 200,000 easyJet passengers a year already connect to other flights at Gatwick.

EasyJet said it is expecting to offer connections on more long-haul airlines soon and is already in discussions with those flying to Asia and the Middle East. Future partner airlines will benefit from exposure to Easyjet's 360 million website visitors.

Under the Worldwide scheme, passengers will also be able to connect with other easyJet flights.

Bargain travellers can now fly to a range of long-haul holiday destinations via Gatwick Airport thanks to EasyJet's new partnership with Norwegian.

Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a two hour 30 minute minimum connection time, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals.

The increased connectivity is due to an "innovative platform" created by flight search engine firm Dohop.

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