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easyJet launches new pan-European holiday company

13 March, 2014

Τhrough partnership with Hotelopia

easyJet holidays has today announced that it will become a major pan-European tour operator through a new partnership with the online travel agency Hotelopia.

Six new websites are planned in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands as easyJet holidays re-launches itself across the main European countries where the airline has a large presence. This will open up easyJet holidays to up to 100 million people across Europe all fully protected according to the industry standard local regulations of each source markets such as ATOL in the UK or ATOUT in France.

Mandy Round, General Manager of easyJet holidays, commented: "I am really pleased to be taking easyJet holidays into the next phase of its development. With much of its initial growth having taken place in the UK, the planned expansion in Europe is an exciting next step which will enable us to offer the great quality and value for money easyJet’s customers have come to expect.

“An improved hotel portfolio, more user friendly websites and an efficient booking process will all come together to provide an easy and seamless experience. Over the course of the partnership not only can easyJet holidays’ customers look forward to a better selection of handpicked properties but will also benefit from bespoke designed deals and exclusive offers.

“We have significantly grown easyJet holidays in the UK with LowCostBeds since 2011 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution.”

easyJet holidays will continue to offer competitively priced, flexible holidays across the airline’s extensive network including city breaks, beach and ski holidays. In addition, a brand new range of activity holidays such as cycling and golfing breaks will also be added and for the first time ever, excursions will be on offer in all major destinations. The three year and five month deal with Hotelopia SLU commences in May.

Jon French, Head of easyJet holidays at Hotelopia, commented: “We are really excited to have won this contract. We believe it is a perfect partnership combining our extensive range of accommodations in Europe and our industry leading expertise with such a prestigious brand in the European travel industry. easyJet has a clear roadmap for the next phase of its business development and we’re very proud to be part of this.”

Hotelopia, which is part of TUI Travel PLC, one of the world’s leading leisure travel companies will provide their extensive portfolio of hotels across the seven countries where easyJet Holidays is operating. This extensive product choice on easyJet holidays website specially selected by Hotelopia will be augmented by the already very popular Spanish Paradores and Disneyland Paris Hotels as well as more than 27,000 self-catering accommodation options with Interhome.

As a result of the new partnership easyJet holidays and Hotelopia will be recruiting for up to 100 administrative, sales and call centre roles to be based from the new offices in Palma, Mallorca.