EasyJet launches cheap long-haul flights

Breakfast in America... dinner in Europe... luggage in Asia

Breakfast in America... dinner in Europe... luggage in Asia

Easyjet will also sell stand-alone tickets on behalf of partner airlines, allowing customers to book flights without connections.

Customers will still have to recheck their own baggage between flights, although this can be done in baggage reclaim through the Gatwick Connect service.

"You can book flights with our partner airlines and add your connecting easyJet flights via London Gatwick in a single booking".

Aside from North American cities, other long-haul destinations include Buenos Aires and Singapore.

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It announced the offering before Ryanair, which is also discussing feeder flight plans with Norwegian and others."Worldwide by EasyJet" marks a new strategic direction for the UK-based LCC, enabling passengers to buy other airlines' flights on the EasyJet website and connect to other airlines' long-haul services.

Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said: "Travel should be affordable for all so we are delighted to partner with another quality low-priced airline like easyJet to offer passengers even more choice". "Worldwide by Easyjet' makes the low-fare airline the first of its kind to offer global connections with other companies.

Both initiatives offer the scope for incremental revenue (easyJet's load factors are so high that the volume upside is limited, but there is scope to push unit revenues higher on better demand)", the broker said.

The carrier plans to sign up other airlines to the scheme, including Middle Eastern and Asian carriers, and EasyJet hopes to introduce the service from other airports including Amsterdam and Barcelona.

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Norwegian's long-haul network now includes more than 55 routes from Europe to long-haul locations, while EasyJet flies on more of Europe's 100 largest routes than any other airline. In order to stay in the game, "Worldwide by easyJet" ensures they're not left behind.

EasyJet says it will not hold flights for connecting passengers.

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer for Gatwick, said: "GatwickConnects lets passengers seamlessly self-connect between different airlines at Gatwick at the touch of the button".

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