Europcar, the number one car hire company in Europe, and easyJet, Europes leading low-cost airline, announced today the extension of their strategic partnership to the end of 2011. The two companies have been exclusive partners since 2003 and in that time have served more than 1.7 million joint customers.
Thanks to the partnership, easyJet customers can reserve both their flight and their hire vehicle on the easyJet.com web site in a simple and time-saving manner.
Through the partnership, easyJet customers also benefit from particularly competitive rates, guaranteed car availability and the latest model vehicles ensuring minimal CO² emissions. To celebrate the partnerships extension, customers will benefit even more this summer season: as of June 15th, easyJet passengers can receive discounts upon their arrival at the airport or at any one of Europcars 2,500 car hire agencies around Europe. Other benefits include free additional driver and upgrades through on-line booking. The offers apply to passengers for all easyJet routes and destinations around Europe and the Mediterranean region.
Commenting on the partnership extension, Europcar Groupe Chief Operating Officer Rafael Girona said, Over the years, Europcar and easyJet have developed a mutually beneficial relationship which has brought demonstrable results and value to customers. By providing complementary services and sharing the same concern for quality service and sustainable development, our partnership contributes to customer loyalty over the long term. We look forward to further developing our relationship and to bringing even more great value and service to consumers and travelers in the years to come.
Bill McKimm, easyJets head of Ancillary Revenue said, We are absolutely delighted to continue to be working with Europcar, Europes leading car hire provider and that so many customers have chosen to book their car hire via this partnership. We know that in the current economic climate customers are not only looking for great value flights but also enjoying the extra benefits of flying with easyJet.
In addition to easyJet, Europcar has strategic partnerships with Accor, the leading hotel group in Europe and number 3 worldwide and TUI, the worlds leading tour operator. It also has a strategic alliance with North American car hire leader Enterprise; together Europcar and Enterprise form the worlds largest car hire network. In addition to these strategic relationships, Europcar has over 80 international partnership agreements with leading players in the travel industry worldwide.