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EasyJet partners with Norwegian Air and WestJet on Gatwick Connect

Gatwick ConnecteasyJet has just released a statement confirming it is joining forces with Norwegian Air and WestJet to offer one-stop flight reservations. Travellers making reservations for easyJet flights are now able to book onward services from London Gatwick Airport with the two partner airlines.

easyJet has built a link to the reservations pages of both Norwegian and WestJet on its website to facilitate the service. This means passengers flying short haul with easyJet are able to book services through to Los Angeles, New York and other destinations in North America plus South America and Singapore.

Although the reservations system is one-stop, baggage handling is not. Passengers transferring from easyJet to Norwegian or WestJet, and vice versa, still have to pick their luggage up at Gatwick and check it in for the next flight at the Gatwick Connect counters in the luggage reclaim zones.

easyJet commercial head Peter Duffy said the seamless reservations service was innovative and a first for a European low-cost airline. He added that there were currently no plans to increase charges for on-board luggage carriage and easyJet hoped to seal agreements with other airlines to offer the same service.

Thomas Ramdahl is Mr Duffy’s opposite number at Norwegian and he said the airline expected to see a spike in passenger numbers due to the convenience of the partnership. Travel industry analysts say the only downside for passengers is that they have to physically pick up and transfer their luggage at Gatwick.

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