Five months after settling an anti-trust lawsuit for the Justice Department to permit its acquisition of ITA Software, Google has released its own flight search service.
The Google Flight Search gives users the ability to search and book air travel using its native search engine. Now, users will be able to search for flights by keying in keywrds like “flights from San Francisco to New York.” A tab will then appear in the left-hand side, or users can search for flights by going to google.com/flights.
Users can also filter results through airline, price and route to find their flight of choice. Clicking on the “book” button redirects the page to the website of the airlines to purchase the flight.
The tool is currently available for major destinations in the United States in economy class. Google also only displays flights from a couple of airlines, so it is not yet 100 percent completed.
“This is just an early look: the takeoff, not the final destination! You may notice that at the moment we include a limited number of U.S. cities and show results for round-trip economy-class flights only. We’re working hard to improve this feature and look forward to sharing more updates,” said engineering director Kourosh Gharachorloo in a blog post.
The company has slowly entered the travel market with its hotel search feature and its acquisition of Zagat, a popular restaurant review and guidebook publication.
You can watch the video to see the Google Flight Search in action.