Thursday, 6 September 2018

easyJet signs up Singapore Airlines and Scoot for its Worldwide by easyJet programme.

easyJet customers will be able to connect to long-haul flights
 with Singapore Airlines via Milan Malpensa and with Scoot via Berlin Tegel

easyJet, has announced that Singapore Airlines and its low-cost subsidiary airline Scoot have signed up to the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ global connections service, connecting easyJet customers with South East Asia with Singapore Airlines via Milan Malpensa airport and with Scoot through Berlin Tegel. The service is expected to be available within the coming months.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot join other ‘Worldwide’ partner airlines Thomas Cook, Norwegian, WestJet, Loganair, La Compagnie, Corsair, Neos and Aurigny. 53 million easyJet customers a year will be able to book connecting flights with these airlines through the easyJet website to around 100 destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and soon to South East Asia with Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

However, Air101 has tried Worldwide by easyJet and found that often connections that are on offer are often more than double the minimum connection times at airports such as London Gatwick. Equally, fares are more than 15% more expensive on average using the Worldwide by easyJet site than they are booking independently and directly - including taxes and credit card charges.