Ryanair screen scraping issue turns into a daily farce
UPDATE: Ryanair says it will now modify its Captcha security initiative after ‘Bravofly and eDreams ‘recommenced unauthorised display and sale of its low fares’.
The airline says it had welcomed the decision of the intermediaries to cease but believes this latest move:
‘proves that while Ryanair has not been adversely affected by the blocking on unauthorized sites/agents, these sites/agents clearly can’t survive without access to Ryanair’s low fares.’
The airline says it will continue to find ways to block screen-scrapers.
The airline said its new website captcha security measure had forced the companies to stop screen-scraping the site for pricing and availability information.
This morning would appear to tell a different story as a quick trawl of both sites brings back Ryanair flights.
Despite Ryanair’s anti-agent stance, it would seem companies are already finding a way around its latest initiative – unless, of course, some agreement has been reached in the interim.
Linda Fox is deputy editor for Tnooz. For the past six years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine.
In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies.
Prior to her freelance career she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.