Google starts adding flight schedules in search results

10:33, May 28, 2011      

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Google on Friday started integrating flight schedules and airline routes into its search results.

According to Google's official blog, when users search for a destination on Google, they will see airlines serving that specific route and flight schedules.

For example, if users search for "flights from San Francisco to New York," they will see a selection of non-stop flights and the airlines that offer them. A full timetable will be seen after clicking on "schedule of non-stop flights."

Users can also see all the destinations with non-stop flights from a particular airport. If "flights from San Francisco" is searched, Google will show a number of routes from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and airlines flying from the airport. Similar to the schedule feature, users can also click to get more flight details.

The new search feature is currently available in 10 languages.

"With the close of our ITA acquisition last month, we're eager to begin developing new flight search tools to make it easier for you to plan a trip," Google said in the blog post.

On April 8, Google got approved by the U.S. Department of Justice for the 700-million-U.S. dollar acquisition of flight-data company ITA Software with commitments to preserve competition in on-line airfare search.

ITA's airfare search and pricing system powered many popular airline ticket search and booking sites, as well as airlines. Microsoft and several major on-line travel companies had argued that the acquisition would lessen competition in the industry.

Source: Xinhua
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