Etihad Airways has joined a growing list of airlines on EasyJet’s Worldwide connections platform, which will enable its customers to seamlessly connect to the budget carrier when travelling.
The new arrangement is effective immediately and enables travellers to purchase tickets through EasyJet to fly from Europe to Abu Dhabi (and further) via Etihad.
These include Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Milan Malpensa, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome and Zurich. More destinations will be added in the future, the two airlines state.
The platform, which launched in 2017, is powered by Dohop’s flight search engine technology. Etihad says IATA’s new distribution capability (NDC) platform has made the partnership possible, and it plans to add more airlines to its NDC portfolio this year.
“The ability to provide end-to-end booking capabilities through our NDC platform will provide customers with one-stop solutions for seamless travel with partners, whether legacy or low-cost, through Etihad’s global gateways,” says Etihad vice-president alliances and partnerships Ali Saleh.
The agreement with EasyJet will enable the Middle Eastern carrier to “increase the breadth of our continental reach to and from Abu Dhabi”, adds Saleh.
Other airlines that have signed up to the EasyJet platform include Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian and WestJet.