first_imgSkyscanner Director, Ewan Gray & MarketDevelopment Manager, Australia/NZ Dave Boyte Flight comparison website Skyscanner has landed down under offering agents and travellers an alternative to searching, comparing and booking flights.Unveiled yesterday in Sydney the company’s director Ewan Gray said the move was aimed at replicating its European success which last year saw the company experience 75 percent growth and $2 billion in ticket sales for their downstream airline, online travel agent, car and hotel partners.He explained that the Australasia launch included a revamped website, that’s available in 29 languages, a sales office in Singapore and a top ten downloaded App which replicates the websites functionality. Mr Gray said the App has been downloaded seven million times in the past 12 months, perfect for people booking flights on the go, and now generates 30 percent of the company’s business.The website, and App already popular with Aussie travellers, is now hosted locally in Australia “to keep it fast” said Mr Gray.The App is very strong in this market with 50% of all Australian traffic coming via a mobile device added Skyscanner Market Development Manager, Australia/NZ Dave Boyte.Mr Gray told e-Travel Blackboard Australian consumers and interestingly more and more travel agents are using Skyscanner due to the ability to research and book low cost carrier fares. Corporate agents especially, who are now being asked to find the cheapest flights available, love access to over 1000 airlines globally including legacy carriers, low cost carriers and online travel agents.The top five Aussie Skyscanner searches are to the UK, USA, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand plus Australian domestic flights.In 2004 Skyscanner launched their website in Europe which now attracts over 24 million visitors who perform 75 million searches monthly. Skyscanner does not accept direct bookings as all reservations and payments are direct with the airline or Online Travel Agent. Skyscanner is a free search site for flights, hotels and car hire. To learn more visit www.skyscanner.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.Mlast_img