Flight search specialist Skyscanner has developed a series of APIs enabling other travel companies to embed its tools within their own websites.
The first is mapping technology, which shows consumers the different combinations open to them and is supported by Skyscanner’s pricing system.
The company’s co-founder and chief technology officer Bon Grimes said: “It’s about getting a good distribution network for flight prices rather than just our own site and it’s a good search engine optimisation tool.”
A second API is aimed at destination and airport websites and enables consumers to search by a specific route or event. The technology is currently being trialed by the website of Marseilles’s MP2 low-cost terminal.
Skyscanner has also made improvements on its own site by adding indirect routings between the UK the Europe. The next step is to blend scheduled routes with indirect to create more options for consumers.
Bonamy said: “We’re trying to bridge the gap between generic and metasearch sites. We’re purely a search engine model and we don’t think travel search has been nailed yet.”