Type of site
|Headquarters||Edinburgh, Scotland, UK|
|Key people||Bryan Dove (CEO)|
Gareth Williams (Co-Founder and Chairperson)
|Revenue||£120 million (2015)|
|Alexa rank||1,235 (Global, April 2017)|
Skyscanner is a travel fare aggregator website and travel metasearch engine based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since November 2016 the website has been owned by Ctrip, the largest travel company in China. The site is available in over 30 languages and is used by 60 million people per month. The news section of the website includes regular news from the travel and flight industry and travel tips for customers.
The company was formed in 2004 by three information technology professionals, Gareth Williams, Barry Smith, and Bonamy Grimes, after Gareth was frustrated by the difficulties of finding cheap flights to ski resorts. Skyscanner was first developed and released in 2002. In 2003, the first employee was hired to assist with site development. The Edinburgh office was opened in 2004.
In 2011, Skyscanner acquired the door-to-door travel site Zoombu for an undisclosed amount. Skyscanner opened an office in Singapore in September 2011, which is headquarters for its Asia-Pacific operations. In 2012, a Beijing office was added, as Skyscanner began a partnership with Baidu, China's largest search engine.
By 2013, the company employed over 180 people. In February 2013, Skyscanner announced plans to open a US base in Miami. In October 2013, Sequoia Capital announced it had purchased an interest in Skyscanner that valued the company at $800 million. In June 2014, Skyscanner acquired Youbibi, a travel search engine company based in Shenzhen, China.
In August 2014, a market research study found that, in comparison to other travel websites, Skyscanner tended to have more users aged 16–34. The same study found that 64% of those who have used Skyscanner trust the platform.
In January 2016, Skyscanner announced that it had raised $192 million based on a $1.6 billion valuation for the company. In November 2016, Ctrip, the largest travel firm in China, bought Skyscanner for $1.75 billion. In 2017, Ctrip bought the Trip.com domain and launched its new service Trip.com. The original platform was rebranded as Trip by Skyscanner and has become a subsidiary of Skyscanner.
In 2018, Skyscanner won the best travel app award by Tripzilla online travel magazine.
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