EasyJet has signed up Virgin Atlantic as the latest partner to its Worldwide by easyJet connections service.
It means easyJet customers can now “seamlessly connect” through Gatwick between easyJet and Virgin Atlantic flights.
Worldwide by easyJet has been consistently growing since its launch last September, the airline said, with more than 4,000 unique origin and destinations that have been booked in combination with partner airlines.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive officer, said: “Given we both serve many popular destinations from Gatwick, we are confident Virgin Atlantic’s addition to Worldwide will be very popular with our customers.
“We have been delighted with the appetite of partner airports and airlines to expand Worldwide across our network and continue to broaden our focus to launch more airline partners and add connectivity to more of our biggest airports.
“Tens of millions of connecting passengers travel each year with journeys which begin or end in Europe.
“Because of easyJet’s reputation for great customer service and our strong positions at Europe’s leading airports, a large number of different airlines as well as airports have been asking to work with easyJet for some time and we expect to announce more partners in the coming months.”
Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic chief executive, added: “EasyJet’s unbeatable Gatwick network, combined with a shared customer centric ethos, makes them the ideal fit for us.
“We’re delighted that customers across the UK and Europe will be able to enjoy more choice when connecting onto our flights through Gatwick and we look forward to welcoming them on board very soon.”
EasyJet already has relationships with Norwegian, WestJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Corsair, La Compagnie, Aurigny and Loganair for the scheme, and most recently announced that Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary airline Scoot would join Worldwide.
EasyJet added that talks were progressing with middle and far-eastern carriers among others and the airline also plans to expand to other key easyJet airports in Europe.