Friday, 29 September 2017

More airlines join Worldwide by easyjet to screw more money out of passengers

easyJet, Europe's low-cost budget airline, announced earlier this week additional partners for its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ product, which launched earlier this month. Stand-alone tickets on behalf of four new partner airlines will be on sale by the end of the year - for a fee and at prices more than available booking directly. 

The four airlines are - 

The Italian long-haul airline NEOS, that many outside Italy will never have heard of serves a number of long-haul routes from Milan, Rome, Verona and Bologna.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey’s state airline Aurigny has also signed up to easyjets new sales avenue website.

Business Class French carrier La Compagnie flies between Paris and New York.

Corsair is the fourth of this batch of airlines to join Worldwide by easyjet and they operate flights to destinations across Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

Combined the airlines carry almost 3 million passengers every year and will open up 30 regional and long-haul destinations to easyJet’s network. By joining the programme the airlines wil be able to interconnect at London Gatwick (paying a huge fee for doing so at times greatly in excess of the normal minimum connecting time) 

NEOS, Aurigny, La Compagnie and Corsair will now also have access to, which the airline claims had just under 360 million visitors during the last year. All four airlines have signed distribution partnerships allowing easyjet to sell their flights and each others. 

Peter Duffy, Chief Commercial Officer for easyJet, commented,  “The response to Worldwide by easyJet has been fantastic and we are excited to be meeting more latent customer demand through today’s new partnerships. The take up from customers in Jersey gives us confidence that we will see similar demand from Guernsey following our partnership with Aurigny. Partnering with NEOS, LaCompagnie and Corsair further extends the range of destinations we can serve our European customers and we will be working with our partners to roll-out the self-connect product to relevant airports.”

Aldo Sarnataro, Chief Commercial Officer for NEOS, commented:

“NEOS is proud to be the first Italian airline to join the Worldwide programme by easyJet. We have been working hard to deliver high standard services to leisure travellers and are excited to host more connecting passengers on our Dreamliners to the nicest places in the world.”

Aurigny Commercial Director Malcolm Coupar said:

“We are really excited to be involved in this new initiative with Gatwick’s biggest carrier easyJet.
It is great news for people in Guernsey and will help reduce their worries about missing connecting flights. It will also help to promote Guernsey as a holiday and short breaks destination to the millions of visitors to the easyJet site, and make it easier to book a ticket to Guernsey from the wide range of places served by easyJet from Gatwick.”

Jean Charles Périno, EVP Commercial and Marketing for La Compagnie, commented:

“La Compagnie has created a unique position between Paris-CDG and New York with its low fare, all-business class experience. It already goes beyond Paris and New York since self-connectors represent more than 8% of our total customer base: partnering with worldwide by easyJet is a great accelerator for La Compagnie to reach new customers beyond Paris. We are very proud to be one of the first French airlines to join this ambitious program.”

Julien Houdebine, EVP Network, Alliances and Revenues said:

“Corsair International is very excited about future collaboration at Orly airport with easyJet in the Worldwide project. Connecting our long haul flights to the easyJet network to Europe and French province is a great opportunity for our clients. The connecting demand is very strong to all areas for our network: Caribbean (French West Indies and Cuba), Indian Ocean (Reunion, Mauritius, Mayotte, Madagascar), Africa (Senegal and the Ivory Coast) and Canada (Montreal). Developing an optimal connecting product for our clients is a priority.”

We've tested Worldwide by easyjet a number of times and each time it has been cheaper to book directly.

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