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Google developing new travel price comparison service, according to Ryanair boss

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Google(s goog) is working on a major upgrade for its Flight Search service — in Europe at least — judging by a Sunday interview with Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in the Irish Independent. According to O’Leary, Google is developing a price-comparison service that will “blow comparison sites like Skyscanner out of the water” when it goes live in late March. Google Flight Search has been around since the firm bought ITA in 2011, but has failed to make much of a dent. It launched in Europe last March, but with limited functionality and missing major low-cost airlines such as Ryanair. Google said a few months ago that it was content with the overall product, but maybe it’s not — or maybe this is just catch-up time for Europe.

4 Responses to “Google developing new travel price comparison service, according to Ryanair boss”

    • David Meyer

      Maybe that’s in there. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on from the O’Leary interview, because he pitches it as a partnership between Ryanair and Google, when really it’s just Google plugging into Ryanair in the same way it’ll do with all the other airlines. Google is already cooperating with the likes of Deutsche Bahn on Maps, so it would be a natural progression to see rail integrated into a new travel comparison service.