Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to join easyJet Worldwide giving passengers the chance to seamlessly connect on flights between London Gatwick Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.
This addition of Cathay Pacific compliments easyJet’s existing relationships with long-haul carriers Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, WestJet and Singapore Airlines.
Chicago is currently the most popular long-haul destination connecting through Rome while the Rome-Reykjavik connection is the most popular short-haul connection. To date, more than 5,000 unique origins and destinations have been booked in combination with partner airlines.
easyJet said that the introduction of the easyJet Worldwide product opens up new 70 million market segment for the low-cost carrier.
easyJet’s chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren said: “As the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline Worldwide is gaining real momentum, December was a record month for connections and January has started equally strongly seeing the most growth in connections through Tegel and London Gatwick.
“We really pleased to welcome Cathay Pacific and are confident they will be a popular addition for customers who are looking for an easy and seamless way to connect between Europe, the Far East and beyond. We will continue sign up other airlines to Worldwide by easyJet during 2019 and the airline also plans to expand to other key easyJet airports in Europe.”
Cathay Pacific general manager for Europe, James Ginns said: “Partnering with Worldwide is an exciting development for Cathay Pacific. Using easyJet’s wide European network their customers can book and connect with confidence to our daily Gatwick flight enabling straightforward access to the Hong Kong hub.”
Worldwide by easyJet launched in September 2017 enabling customers to connect easyJet flights through London Gatwick to long-haul flights, with launch airline partners WestJet and Norwegian.
This expanded to Thomas Cook Airlines, Corsair, La Compagnie and Loganair and the connections platform was extended to Milan Malpensa Airport in December 2017.
Worldwide by easyJet now connects to a total of 11 airports across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris CDG and Orly, which in addition to London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Berlin Tegel and Venice Marco Polo.
Over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year – will now be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.