easyJet expands ‘Worldwide’ connections platform

easyJet is extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly, Edinburgh and Inverness airports.

Combined with the connections already announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million of its customers a year – will be able to connect to airline partner services and other flights in a single booking through the low-fare carrier’s digital booking portal.

New connecting airlines have also been added to the booking platform, with partnerships announced with Thomas Cook Airlines at Gatwick meaning easyJet customers can travel to the Caribbean, or to the USA, Africa and the Indian Ocean with La Compagnie and Corsair who will both fly from Paris Orly.

The existing relationship with WestJet and Norwegian will enable airlines to offer long-haul connectivity at more of Europe’s largest 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.

easyJet’s existing relationship with Loganair also allows its customers to connect to the highlands and Islands via Edinburgh.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, said the company was pleased to be extending its connections platform to Berlin Tegel from summer 2018 onwards. He said the company 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.”

Expansion in Berlin

To kick off its summer 2018 season to and from Berlin, easyJet has also unveiled a new Berlin-inspired aircraft livery to mark the airline being the largest carrier to and from the city.

The airline will operate more than 100 routes, with increased frequencies on existing domestic routes as well as new flights to leisure destinations like Alicante, Biarritz, Corfu, Faro, Menorca and Pula, and to key cities in the Nordics including Gothenburg and Oslo.

The low-fare carrier has also announced five new routes from Tegel to Aarhus, Bari, Alghero, Olbia, and Prague. It is also to start flying from Tegel to London Gatwick, Edinburgh, and Paris Orly by moving some flights over from Schönefeld. This brings it’s total offer from Berlin to more than 100 routes, Tegel and Schönefeld combined.

Lundgren said: “Berlin is a key target for easyJet with more than 50 million passengers having flown to and from Berlin with us since 2004. Last year easyJet flew 3.5 million international passengers to and from Berlin. That’s more than any other airline including Lufthansa and with our expansion at Tegel this will increase by 60% year on year to 5.6 million visitors.”

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