Travel search firm to open new office in Miami
Travel search firm Skyscanner has announced plans to open its first office in the United States as it looks to expand its offering across the Americas.
The Edinburgh-based company, which has today reported a 65 per cent rise in revenue to £33.5 million, is to open its first US office in Miami.
It plans to expand its offering across the Americas, and has chosen Miami “because of its strong connections to the travel industry and access to South America".
The company recorded an 84 per cent rise in web traffic last year and its mobile app has clocked up more than 12 million downloads, generating air ticket bookings valued at £2.3 billion in total last year.
Skyscanner announced last August it had entered into a partnership with one of China's biggest online search engines, Baidu.
Baidu chose Skyscanner to power its international flight search, a deal which led to the company, which trades in China under the name Tianxun, opening new offices in Beijing and Singapore.
Skyscanner is now providing Baidu users in China with flight results covering more than 750 million airfares from around 900 different airlines.
The Skyscanner website is now clocking up 30 million hits a month, and Asia now represents 18 per cent of overall traffic to the site.
Skyscanner co-founder and chief executive Gareth Williams said he hopes to replicate the success achieved in the Asia-Pacific region, which saw site visits treble last year, in the Americas.
He said: “We plan to match our success in Europe and Asia across the Americas.
“We are already experiencing rapid growth in North and South America led by growth of our mobile apps, and the time is right to establish our Americas base.
“It’s our ambition at Skyscanner to be the number one in travel search globally, and we’re confident that our Miami office will play a big part in achieving that goal.
“The opening of our new office in Miami later this year, continuing product development and strategic partnerships, like the one we have established with Baidu, are high on the agenda this year as we continue to scale the business.”
Skyscanner currently employs around 150 staff in Edinburgh, with an additional 20 employees based in its Singapore and Beijing offices.
The company recently announced plans to create another 100 jobs this year.