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How Skyscanner gets its suppliers?

I'm wondering if Skyscanner is using a GDS or if they deal directly with the airlines and OTA's through API's ?

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tanguy colou, Président at 1995

asked  Apr 25, 2019

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Maryna Ivakhnenko, Copywriter/Editor at AltexSoft

answered  May 2, 2019

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Hello tanguy colou,

The most precise answer would be: Skyscanner doesn’t need to connect with GDSs, as long as GDS provides distribution and booking capabilities. Which is not the case for Skyscanner, as they consolidate flight data from various sources, and allow users to find this data.

As we can judge from the available information, Skyscanner may source their information in a couple of different ways:

  1. API connection with data aggregator platforms like OAG and ATPCO. Since 2018 Skyscanner also participates in IATA’s NDC exchange platform along with ATPCO and SITA.
  2. Skyscanner is also known for screen-scraping RSS feed data from OTA or airline's websites, that don’t have travel APIs in free access. Nevertheless, Skyscanner is allowed to source data via screen-scraping, like in the case with Ryanair.
  3. As an exception, Skyscanner took part in Altea NDC platform development, which is owned by Amadeus. As a result, Skyscanner allows booking Finnair tickets without leaving Skyscanner.com.

So, basically, Skyscanner uses API connectivity with available carriers or OTAs to source data, or screen scrape it. If you are interested in connecting with Skyscanner, you may read about their available APIs in our dedicated article.

Hope it gives you the answer to your question!

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nadine bardieu

answered  Oct 4, 2021

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maybe they work with some suppliers for 3months to 6months, then they confirm with them !!!

 

We know one supplier working the same way www.trek-morocco-desert.co.uk