Written on 28th September 2017

World first airline connections service announced as easyJet, Norwegian and WestJet partner with GatwickConnects

A new partnership announced creates the world’s first global airline connections service by a low fares airline and will see passengers seamlessly self-connect with different airlines through Gatwick in a single transaction.

Passengers will be able to connect with either another easyJet flight or one flown by low cost long haul airlines Norwegian and WestJet. More long haul airlines are also expected to join up soon.

Gatwick is uniquely placed to offer the connections service as it has the largest route network of any UK airport.  easyJet currently flies 110 routes from the airport, Norwegian offers 50 destinations – including low cost long haul services to eleven US cities, Singapore and Buenos Aires - and WestJet flies to six cities across Canada.

GatwickConnects – a world first service launched in 2015 – means that the 1.7 million passengers that self-connect through the airport each year can combine a wide range of non-interlined flights provided by different airlines at the airport more easily in a single transaction – rather than having to book separate flights.

GatwickConnects also means that air travellers from UK regions are better connected, can save money and can also benefit from GatwickConnects Protected Connection which will issue replacement flights, hotel and meal vouchers in the event of flight cancellations, delays and flight rescheduling.

The service also takes the strain out of making a self-connecting flight as – not only do passengers no longer need to make separate bookings – but via specialist desks in Gatwick’s baggage reclaim halls – passengers’ bags are taken and loaded on the next flight allowing customers to go straight through security.

Source: Gatwick Airport