EasyJet goes global from London Gatwick

EasyJet is now offering long-haul connections at its Gatwick hub following partnerships with Norwegian and WestJet.

The new ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ arrangement – the first of its kind from a European low-cost carrier – sees easyJet selling fares from the two airlines on its own website, to destinations across North and South America.

Connecting passengers must collect their luggage from their arriving flight and deposit it at the GatwickConnects desk for loading on to the next flight.

The service is subject to a 2.5hour minimum connecting time at the airport, and GatwickConnects will re-book customers on to the next available flight should they miss any segment of their journey.

EasyJet plans to introduce similar services and additional partners at other European airports, with talks already “far advanced” with Middle Eastern and Far Eastern carriers.

“Around 70million passengers flying through an easyJet airport each year are connecting on to other flights, mainly long-haul, and it is this market segment that Worldwide by easyJet will open up for us,” says the airline’s CEO, Carolyn McCall.

The airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Duffy, adds: “Almost 200,000 easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport. That’s around 1% of our passengers at the airport and that doesn’t include those connecting between easyJet and long haul flights.”