Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

Easyjet now flying long haul to New York and Singapore with Norwegian Air | Travel News | Travel

EasyJet passengers can now go further afield with new long haul flights.

The budget airline has partnered with Norwegian Air and WestJet under the Worldwide scheme.

Passengers can simply head to the EasyJet website when booking and find the new options available when flying abroad.

Therefore whilst it isn’t EasyJet airline who are flying there themselves, they can choose the other airlines under one roof.

The new routes include destinations in North and South America as well as Asia.

Along with a GatwickConnect service, travellers will then transfer their luggage during a connecting flight at the carousel.

Peter Duffy, Chief Commercial Office for easyJet, said: “We know there is a real customer demand for making flight connections on EasyJet easier.

“Almost 200k easyJet passengers a year already self-connect their easyJet flights through Gatwick Airport – and that doesn’t include those connecting between easyJet and long haul flights.”

“We are confident it will be popular with customers and look forward to announcing more partners in the near future.”

The expansion is just the newest as budget airlines break into the long-haul market.

Travel expert Simon Calder told BBC: “The move poses a threat to established network carriers such as British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa because it instantly multiplies the number of potential journeys that can be sold in a single transaction.

“But unlike the experience on those airlines, the passenger will literally have to do some heavy lifting – picking up baggage after the first flight and taking it to the desk.”

It’s just the latest change in the low-cost airline industry.

Ryanair recently announced new rules when it came to their hand-luggage allowances.

The shake up means that passengers must now put their 10kg cabin luggage within the hold for free, or pay £5 for priority boarding.

The change from the free luggage within overhead luggage is hoped to end delays.

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