Ryanair today confirmed a deal to make its fares available via Google Flight Search, allowing faster access to its 1,600 routes.
Users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Canada and US will be able to find and compare flights to and from 186 airports in Europe and North Africa, view prices in their local currency and book direct with the budget carrier.
Google’s Flight Search feature also allows users to:
- Explore possible destinations and view live ticket prices by surfing on an interactive map
- Browse and filter flights by price, airline, flight duration or date selector
- See a simple list of the most relevant flights, which are listed in order of price.
The partnership is the latest in a series of new digital innovations as Ryanair continues to improve its customer service, including a new Ryanair.com homepage and booking flow and a “My Ryanair” customer registration system.
Mobile boarding passes, business and family products, a new mobile app and an entire Ryanair.com website overhaul are planned.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce our partnership with Google Flight Search which will dramatically change how Europe’s passengers select and book their flights.
“Customers can now view Ryanair’s lowest fares on Google Flight Search, browsing by country, date or flight duration and can book these low fares directly on Ryanair.com through Google Flight Search.
“This is the latest digital innovation we have rolled out and will be followed in early 2014 by mobile boarding passes, an improved app and a brand new Ryanair.com website.”
Google’s David Robles said: “Research suggests that users tend to visit around 20 different sites before they book a flight.
“Google wants to help improve the travel experience by drastically reducing the time wasted on researching and booking flights. Google Flight Search is fast, easy to use and interactive.
“We want to give users as many flight options as possible, so introducing Ryanair, which is Europe’s largest airline, to the Google Flight Search family is very exciting.”