easyJet will add Berlin Tegel, Amsterdam Schiphol, Venice Marco Polo, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly, Edinburgh and Inverness to its ‘Worldwide by easyJet connections’ product
New connecting airline partners have also been announced - Thomas Cook Airlines, Corsair, La Compagnie and Loganair
53 million easyJet customers will be able to connect to other airlines’ or to easyJet flights
easyJet, Europe's leading airline, has today announced that it is extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. This means that, combined with the connections already announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year - will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.
easyJet has also brought new connecting airlines onto the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ booking platform and has today also announced partnerships with Thomas Cook Airlines at Gatwick meaning easyJet customers can now travel as far as the Caribbean or to the USA, Africa and the Indian Ocean with La Compagnie and Corsair who will both fly from Paris Orly.
easyJet’s existing relationship with WestJet and Norwegian will enable the airlines to offer long haul connectivity at more of Europe’s biggest hub airports – Norwegian will extend connecting services from Paris Charles De Gaulle and Paris Orly in the coming weeks, from Amsterdam Schiphol in the summer when the airline launches its service to New York from the Dutch capital and also from Edinburgh. Meanwhile easyJet’s existing relationship with Loganair will allow easyJet customers to connect to the highlands and Islands via Edinburgh.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, commented:
“We are pleased to announce that we will be extending our ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel from summer 2018 onwards. The addition of Tegel, alongside other key airports in the network, means that 53 million easyJet customers will be able to connect to other airlines’ or to easyJet flights. We have been delighted with the appetite of partner airports and airlines to expand Worldwide across our network allowing us to access a greater range of passengers flying across Europe.
“Because of easyJet’s reputation for great customer service and our strong positions at Europe’s leading airports, long haul carriers as well as airports have been asking to work with easyJet for some time.
“easyJet will sign up other airlines to Worldwide by easyJet throughout 2018, with talks already far advanced with middle and far-eastern carriers amongst others and we also plan to expand to other easyJet airports across Europe.”
Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer at Thomas Cook Airlines commented:
“Across our Group Airline, we have increased summer 2018 capacity by more than 10 per cent. We have added an aircraft at London Gatwick, increasing capacity at the airport by 12% this summer in order to meet customer demand. We are thrilled that our new partnership with Worldwide by easyJet allows us to offer our customers even more choice and convenience.”
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Brandenburg Airport GmbH, commented:
“Adding the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin-Tegel airport is another important network connection for the metropolitan region of Berlin. This strategic partnership is not only a strong signal today but underlines easyJet´s great commitment to continue to work closely with us. Such an engagement coming from one of the biggest European airlines emphasizes that Berlin is an attractive market for the aviation industry and will become even more attractive with the BER in the future. Especially considering the recent developments we are very happy about this.”
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said:
“Our focus, as always, is to deliver our passengers choice. We’re therefore delighted to be included in Worldwide by easyJet as it does just that. By integrating with other partner carriers, passengers travelling to and from Edinburgh will now have more choice than ever.”
Inverness Airport General Manager Graeme Bell, said:
“Worldwide by easyJet at Inverness further increases connectivity for passengers in the Highlands and Islands. By partnering with Thomas Cook Airlines easyJet opens more leisure market destinations via London Gatwick. The addition of Loganair as an airline partner is especially welcome for passengers travelling from the islands and onwards to Gatwick.”
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair MD commented:
“Now that easyJet is extending its connecting capability to Edinburgh and Inverness it makes perfect sense for Loganair to take the next step in providing customers with the enhanced benefit of the self-transfer product. It will, undoubtedly, provide more choice for our customers and paves the way for the development of a full self-connect product at a later stage.”
Julien Houdebine, VP Network, Alliances and Revenues at Corsair comments :
“We are very enthusiastic about this collaboration in Paris-Orly with easyJet as part of the ‘Worldwide’ project. Being able to connect our long-haul flights to the easyJet network, to Europe and the French province is a great opportunity for our customers. The connection demand is very strong to all areas of our network: Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Africa and Canada. Now that the first step is over as our direct flights are open for sale on the easyJet platforms, we are ready to move to the second step, by offering the connectivity between our networks”
Jean Charles Périno, EVP Commercial and Marketing for La Compagnie, commented:
“La Compagnie has created a unique position between Paris and New York with its low fare, all-business class experience. It already goes beyond Paris and New York since self-connectors are growing: partnering easyJet is a great accelerator for La Compagnie to reach new customers beyond Paris. We are very proud to be working with easyJet on this ambitious program.”
Worldwide by easyJet explained
‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures. With Worldwide by easyJet these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.
easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.
All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com. Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.
Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. 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. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.