Airlines Emirates to join ”Worldwide by Easyjet”?
Gulf carrier Emirates could become the next airline joining Easyjets “Worldwide”-partnership program.
The German newspaper Spiegel reports, Emirates and Easyjet are currently negotiating possibilities for a cooperation.
"We want to give passengers the opportunity to fly between Europe and Dubai with a combination of Emirates and Easyjet," Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates is cited in the newspaper.
As part of a possible cooperation, passengers travelling with Emirates to their destinations in Europe could book transfer flights with Easyjet. With Emirates, Easyjet would add another well-known airline to its “Worldwide by Easyjet” program. Easyjet recently announced a cooperation with Singapore Airlines for selected routes between Europe and Asia. Easyjet enables passengers with cooperation agreements to access long-haul flights without operating the flights themselves. Further cooperation partners are Norwegian Air Shuttle, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, Thomas Cook, Corsair, La Comapgnie, Loganair and Neos. However, Easyjet Worldwide is not a classic codesharing agreement: Passengers of Emirates and Easyjet would only receive a ticket for the flights of both airlines. The baggage would be checked through to the final destination.
From Emirates' point of view, a cooperation can make sense, as the airline does currently not receive any further landing rights in different EU countries. In countries like Germany, growth is currently only possible with larger aircraft or more frequencies. Through the cooperation with Easyjet, Emirates could expand its existing European network, which consists of around 40 destinations. Easyjet flies to over 130 destinations throughout Europe.
In a first phase, both airlines are testing a cooperation at London Gatwick Airport. Emirates currently offers three daily connections between Dubai and Easyjet’s largest base in Gatwick. In London Gatwick, Easyjet already offers connecting flights with Virgin Atlantic.
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