//EasyJet Holidays to join ABTA

EasyJet Holidays to join ABTA

Airline to relaunch its holiday business across network

EasyJet Holidays is to become a member of ABTA as the company pushes towards a relaunch at the end of the year.

Speaking at the Travel Convention in Tokyo, Garry Wilson, easyJet Holidays CEO said that the company would offer “modern, relevant holidays”, adding that he wanted the firm to “be part of the industry”.

EasyJet flies around 20 million passengers from the UK every year while 500,000 people book an easyJet holiday.

The company will relaunch with 100 destinations and more than 500 hotels, utilising the airline’s vast network. Several hundred more hotels will be added to that total following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Customers will log in for Holidays through the airline’s website, easyjet.com, which generates about 700 million hits.

Wilson also revealed that the company had been in conversation with independent travel agents and consortia about working with the trade, which offered a “great opportunity”.

He added that easyJet Holidays was open to working with all agents, once a model had been put in place.

Mark Tanzer, the chief executive of ABTA said that the industry body would carry more weight with easyJet Holidays as a member.

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.