Google Launches Flight Search Feature (Not Powered by ITA)
Google is now showing which airlines serve particular routes in search results. Google will of course be getting much more into the flight search game now that it has closed the ITA Software acquisition.
The company says it is “eager to begin developing new flight search tools”. This particular one, however, does not utilize ITA’s technology.
Here’s the kind of thing you might see in Google results now:
“For example, if you search for [flights from san francisco to minneapolis], you’ll see a selection of non-stop flights and the airlines that offer them,” explains software engineer Petter Wedum on Google’s Inside Search blog.”
Users can click on “schedule of non-stop flights” to see all flights.
“You can also see all the destinations with non-stop flights from a particular airport,” says Wedum. “If you’re in Buffalo, New York and need ideas for a weekend getaway, search for [flights from buffalo] to see popular travel destinations from Buffalo.
Users can click “Show all non-stop routes,” to get a full list of destinations, and then you can find further flight details.
The feature is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Catalan.