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Our story so far

2003

After registering the company in 2001, co-founder Gareth Williams launches Skyscanner from his spare bedroom. The following year, our first office opens in Edinburgh.

2007

We welcome £1.5m Series A funding from Scottish Equity Partners, with an extra £1m in 2008.

2008

For the first time, we have a million users in a single day.

2009

The website launches in 30 languages globally.

2011

With strong growth in Asia, we open an office in Singapore and back in the UK we acquire travel start-up Zoombu. Meanwhile, the Skyscanner app launches.

2013

Sequoia Capital invest in Skyscanner in the same year that we move beyond flights, acquiring Spanish hotel comparison business Fogg and launching car rental in the app. We also open an office in Miami.

2014

This is the year we focus on mobile, acquiring Distinction, an app development company based in Budapest, and launch hotel search in app. We start providing data insights to the travel industry with our new B2B platform. We also acquire Youbibi, a Chinese travel search site.

2015

We open a new office in London and start a new venture in Asia, as we team up with Yahoo! Japan. We also become the first global travel metasearch to allow airlines to take direct bookings via a third party using New Distribution Capabilities.

2016

The year starts with five new partners investing £128 million to support and accelerate our growth, and ends with Skyscanner being acquired by Ctrip (now Trip.com Group) in a deal valued at £1.4bn. It’s the largest travel tech acquisition Europe has ever seen.

2017

We strengthen our reviews and recommendations by acquiring social content platform Twizoo.

2018

Gareth becomes Chairperson, focusing on Skyscanner’s long-term vision. Our Chief Technology Officer, Bryan Dove, takes his place as CEO.

2019

To help travelers book lower-emission flights, we introduce eco-labelling. It’s part of our wider mission to lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel. More than 100 million people now use Skyscanner every month.

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