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Edinburgh-based Skyscanner’s flight booking ​app reaches 10 million downloads​

Skyscanner’s highly-rated travel search app, which allows users to find the cheapest flights on the go, has just reached the milestone of 10 million downloads.

The free app was first launched on the iPhone in February 2011 and is now available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone and, most recently, BlackBerry. Last December, when we first introduced you to the Edinburgh-based company, Skyscanner had announced 5 million downloads.

The Skyscanner app is now available in over 30 languages and is downloaded every five seconds across devices, as travellers increasingly look for inspiration and plan their trip on the move. Almost a third of the 30 million monthly visits to Skyscanner’s site are via mobile, while in some markets such as in Asia more than 50% of visits are via mobile devices.

Skyscanner has also just updated its Android app. The new version offers the same powerful features and flexibility as the Android app and now also allows users to add flight searches onto a widget; this can be added to the phone’s desktop to monitor price changes or to get inspiration for destinations for a specific month or date.

Gareth Williams, CEO and co-founder of Skyscanner, stated: “One of our main goals is to let people plan their travel when they want, where they want and how they want. We have reached 10 million downloads of our mobile app far sooner than we had anticipated and have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback our app has received. We want to provide people with the most powerful and flexible travel search app that’s also very user-friendly, and looking to the future there are some really exciting developments on the horizon that we’re exploring with voice recognition tools.”

Skyscanner was founded in 2003 and is today one of Europe’s leading travel search sites providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

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