EasyJet unveils plan to connect with other airlines for long-haul flights

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Low-priced carrier easyjet PLC (LON:EZJ) has signed agreements that allow its passengers to transfer on to Norwegian Air and WestJet long-haul flights at Gatwick 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.

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.

The concept called "Worldwide by easyJet', builds on the existing GatwickConnects service which allows passengers at the Sussex airport to connect more easily between airlines". Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Toronto and Singapore are among the destinations available on easyJet's website and the airline plans to roll out the scheme to some of Europe's major airports, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Milan Malpensa.

"Worldwide by easyJet will also allow airlines with complementary networks to easyJet to sell their seats to our customer base - accessing the 360m visitors to easyJet.com every year". You'll still need to transfer your own baggage between connecting 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.

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"It is this market segment that Worldwide by EasyJet will open up for us", he said.

Should passengers miss their connecting flight, they will be placed on the first available plane free of charge.

Since it launched in 1995, easyJet has been an avowedly "point-to-point" airline, avoiding the costs and complexity of a network carrier.

The shake up means that passengers must now put their 10kg cabin luggage within the hold for free, or pay £5 for priority boarding. Passengers must have a minimum two-and-a-half-hour connection time to use the service.

"We are delighted with the partners who have signed up for our launch today".

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