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Google Will Now Display More Detailed Flight Info To Search Results


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Google has made it official, the flight data OneBox that some users started noticing this week is making its debut. The search engine will now display flight data inside the results page, for certain flight-related queries. Interestingly enough, Google says that the tool doesn't use any data or technology from its ITA acquisition.

"Finding flights is one of the most popular online activities, so to make it a little easier to find results for your travel-related searches, you can now see a quick summary of flight information right on the results page," Petter Wedum, software engineer at Google, announced.

If you're looking for a particular route, you can search for something like "flights from 'your city' to 'destination'" and you get a list of a few flights, the most popular, covering that route.

If you expand the "Schedule of non-stop flights" section, you'll see a detailed timetable of all individual flights from the airlines that serve that particular route.

The second way of using the new flight search OneBox, is by searching for all flights leaving from a particular airport. For this type of searches, Google will list the top three most popular flights. You can expand the section and see all of the flights and clicking on any of them will reveal even more details.

The new feature was spotted in testing and Google is now rolling it out for everyone. The new flights search info is available for searches in 10 languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Turkish and Catalan.

"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. While this flight schedule feature does not currently use ITA’s search technology, this is just a small step towards making richer travel information easier to find," Wedum explained.

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