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Skyscanner hails China tech in new trains feature

SkyscannerSkyscanner: developing a one-stop travel booking service (photo by Terry Murden)

Travel search engine Skyscanner has added a train booking feature which has been hailed as a key benefit of its acquisition by Chinese company Ctrip.

The software was developed by the Edinburgh-based firm’s global teams across a number of offices. However, it is powered by technology from Ctrip, the Chinese travel business which acquired Skyscanner in 2016.

Using Ctrip’s international booking service, train services will now sit alongside flight, hotel and car hire offerings.

Ctrip invested in Skyscanner in December 2016 in a deal worth £1.4 billion. While Skyscanner remains operationally independent, the sale has allowed the business to leverage Ctrip technology.  

Bryan Dove, chief technical officer at Skyscanner, said: “Being part of the Ctrip group allows us to take advantage of elements of Ctrip’s technology and experience and bring that value to Skyscanner’s travellers.

“The launch of our train booking product is one such example.”

The new service is another milestone in making Skyscanner a one-stop place for travel planning.  



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