Skyscanner has launched a train booking feature, diversifying the travel search engine’s offering to UK travellers. Alongside its flight, hotel and car hire offerings, the feature allows UK travellers using its iOS app to search for cheap rail tickets for UK journeys with ease and without booking fees.
Skyscanner has launched a white paper setting out its vision for the future of airline distribution and the changing role of metasearch within this. The paper, authored by the metasearch engine’s chief executive Gareth Williams, sets out Skyscanner’s intention to transition towards becoming a marketplace.
Scoot has become the first low-cost carrier to be featured on Skyscanner’s direct booking platform. The new integration also means that Scoot becomes the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to be able to sell tickets directly within Skyscanner’s platform.
Ctrip.com International has signed a definitive agreement with the majority shareholders of Skyscanner under which the Chinese company will take control of the company. The terms of the acquisition value Skyscanner at approximately £1.4 billion. Skyscanner’s current management team will continue to manage Skyscanner’s operations independently as part of the Ctrip group.
BookLogic has partnered with Skyscanner to expand exposure and sales reach for its hotel clients through the leading meta search engine. The hotel revenue management technology company is offering a direct connection to the meta search engine to help its hotel clients reach a wider market.
Skyscanner has revealed travellers will be able to search for hotels and car hire from the existing flights app. The trend for both searching and booking travel on mobile has accelerated dramatically in recent years, with the Skyscanner apps having been downloaded over 40 million times worldwide. Almost half of all Skyscanner searches in the UK are now made using a mobile device, while the last year alone has seen a 38 per cent increase in people booking via smartphones in the UK.
WAYN.com, the social travel network, has partnered with leading global travel search engine, Skyscanner, to offer flights search to its users. The new partnership will offer WAYN.com users a comprehensive tool to compare and book flights, giving them the benefit of Skyscanner’s global reach and helping them search through thousands of flight connections to find the very best flight deals.
Brazil-based metasearch site Mundi.com.br has partnered with leading global travel search engine Skyscanner to offer car rental search to its users. The new partnership will offer Mundi’s users a comprehensive tool to compare and book car rental, giving them the benefit of Skyscanner’s global reach, including 30,000 pick-up locations across 175 countries worldwide.
In an industry first, British Airways is teaming up with Skyscanner to trial a new way to help customers make more informed decisions about the airline they’re flying with when they book with the airline via a travel search engine. The trial will see British Airways become the first global airline to offer tickets using the New Distribution Capability standard, an International Air Transport Association initiative that offers customers a more informative and flexible choice when booking airline tickets.
Newquay-Dubai, Southampton-Kuala Lumpur, Inverness-Hong Kong - just three of the numerous connecting bookings now possible with Flybe following the launch of innovative partnership with Skyscanner, a leading global travel search engine. The partnership makes Flybe’s ‘One Stop to the World’ proposition a convenient reality with bookings that can be instantly made via a direct link from its website.