Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic team up to offer transatlantic connections

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Easyjet said it would be announcing other partners in due course (Source: Getty)

Low-cost airline Easyjet has partnered with Virgin Atlantic to connect passengers through Gatwick Airport to destinations including the US.

Easyjet has chosen Virgin Atlantic as its flight partner for its Worldwide scheme to allow passengers to connect to places in the US such as Orlando and Las Vegas, as well Antigua and St Lucia in the Caribbean.

Easyjet CEO Johan Lundgren said: “We are really pleased to welcome Virgin Atlantic to ‘Worldwide by Easyjet’. Given we both serve many popular destinations from London Gatwick, we are confident their 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."

Lundgren said he was expecting announce "more partners" in the coming months as other airlines and airports had also demonstrated an interested in forming a partnership.

Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger 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 partners with Norwegian, WestJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Corsair, La Compagnie, Aurigny and Loganair for its Worldwide scheme.