The new service is called Worldwide by EasyJet, and will use GatwickConnects to help passengers jump from one flight to another at the airport.
"Worldwide by Easyjet' makes the low-fare airline the first of its kind to offer global connections with other companies".
Launched by EasyJet today, the service means passengers can seamlessly connect their EasyJet flight with Norwegian's fast-growing network of affordable long-haul flights to the USA, Asia and South America.
Dame Carolyn Mc Call believes the new market will give easy Jet a greater range of passengers flying across Europe
Liberum Securities said it was hard to get a handle on how beneficial the initiative would be to easyJet; easyJet notes that 1% of its Gatwick passengers already self-connect between easyJet flights. Nearly 200k easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport.
The announcement represents one of the most significant strategic changes made by the airline since it introduced allocated seating in 2012.
It already has plans to expand the service to other key EasyJet airports in Europe, including Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Barcelona.
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"Management sees scope to add other airlines and to replicate the model at other major bases. easyJet will also begin selling tickets for other airlines on its own website".
"It gives passengers more choice, provides genuine savings and takes the hassle out of self-connecting by protecting against missed connections, putting baggage on the onward flight and offering a range of other hospitality benefits", he said. Technology partner Dohop will be providing the technology platform for Worldwide by easyJet.
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.
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"Because of easyJet's strong positions at Europe's leading airports and our customer focus long haul carriers have been asking to work with easyJet for some time and the new technology platform has now allowed us to do so".
Carolyn McCall, Easyjet CEO, explained: "Around 70 million 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".
Peter Duffy, Chief Commercial Office for easyJet, said: "We know there is a real customer demand for making flight connections on easyJet easier".
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The destinations which can now be booked on easyJet.com include New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Toronto and Singapore.
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