Ryanair fares now show up in Google Flight Search

After much hype, Ryanair, the Irish low-cost airline, revealed that its fare and availability data is now available via Google Flight Search, a metasearch tool.

It’s available for users of Google Flight Search in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, and the US.

Until now, Google’s metasearch tool hasn’t gained traction in Europe partly because of the lack of inventory for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline. Google executive David Robles said in a statement:

“We want to give users as many flight options as possible, so introducing Ryanair, which is, to the Google Flight Search family is very exciting.”

This is much less scintillating announcement than the industry-changing proposal hinted at in a January 12 interview by Michael O’Leary, the airline’s CEO.

As Tnooz previously noted:

Ryanair doesn’t normally like metasearch engines or agencies (it used CAPTCHAs to stop scrapers – or it just sued them), preferring to have customers do all their search and shopping for Ryanair fares direct on the site. But clearly a deal with Google changes its mindset somewhat.

Ryanair says it will add mobile boarding passes, an updated app, and an overhauled Ryanair.com by “early 2014”.

Related:

Ryanair wants ticket distribution via agencies, talking to all three GDSs

GDSs acknowledge Ryanair renaissance over travel agency relationships

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Sean O'Neill

About the Writer :: Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill had roles as a reporter and editor-in-chief at Tnooz between July 2012 and January 2017.

 

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  1. Mark Boulton

    I found it interesting that the Ryanair boss made a very public point of slamming Skyscanner in the interview he gave in the Irish Independent see http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/oleary-reveals-ryanairgoogle-plan-to-change-how-we-buy-tickets-forever-29907730.html where he said they’d “blow comparison sites like Skyscanner out of the water”

     
    • Matt Radack

      Typical O’Leary comment. It wouldn’t surprise me if Google were actually developing a metasearch site that could indeed blow other metasearch sites out of the water (multi-modal, anyone?), but the current version of Google Flight Search isn’t anywhere close to that. One has to wonder if Mr. O’Leary was even aware of Google Flight Search prior to this parternship.

       
 
 

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