Cathay Pacific has joined easyJet’s connections service Worldwide by easyJet as a new airline partner.

easyJet customers will be able to connect between easyJet flights across the European network flying into London Gatwick airport and onto Cathay Pacific flights, initially between London Gatwick and Hong Kong.

“We really pleased to welcome Cathay Pacific and are confident they will be a popular addition for customers who are looking for an easy and seamless way to connect between Europe, the Far East and beyond,” said Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive officer. “We will continue to sign up other airlines to Worldwide by easyJet during 2019 and the airline also plans to expand to other key easyJet airports in Europe.”

James Ginns, Cathay Pacific general manager Europe called the move an “exciting development” for Cathay Pacific, “Using easyJet’s wide European network their customers can book and connect with confidence to our daily Gatwick flight enabling straightforward access to the Hong Kong hub.”

The low-fare airline has reported growing popularity of its Worldwide by easyJet platform. Chicago has been found to be the most popular long-haul destination connecting through Rome, while the Rome-Reykjavik connection is the most popular short-haul connection.

“As the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline Worldwide is gaining real momentum,” continued Lundgren. “December was a record month for connections and January has started equally strongly seeing the most growth in connections through Tegel and London Gatwick.”

Worldwide by easyJet now connects to a total of 11 airports across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris CDG and Orly, which in addition to London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Berlin Tegel and Venice Marco Polo, mean over half of the airline’s flights and 53 million easyJet customers a year will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking.

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