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Skyscanner Debuts World Cup Flight-Finder Tool


Dec 04, 2013 3:30 pm

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Skyscanner is all about flights, and it has global reach so the launch of its Soccer/Football Flight Finder tool for the 2014 FIFA World Cup travel is a no-brainer.

— Dennis Schaal

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Skyscanner has World Cup fever — or at least it is feverishly working to take advantage of the June 12 to July 13 tournament in 2014.

The Scotland-based travel metasearch company debuted a Soccer Flight Finder tool (or at least that is the name for U.S. eyeballs), and it is dubbed Football Flight Finder for other markets.

The tool displays possible flight itineraries from the 32 countries with teams qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and after the December 6 group stage draw, travelers will also be able to search for Brazil domestic flights to transport them to their matches.

“The team positioning will be filled-in” after the group stage draw, a Skyscanner spokesperson says.

With the matches dispersed throughout the country in cities many hours apart, and given the limitations of ground transportation and the country’s highway infrastructure, air travel will be the favored transportation mode during the World Cup, and there will be a ton of private jet usage, as well (who won’t have much use for the tool, but still).

Brazil has opted not to open up its domestic routes further to non-Brazilian carriers to handle the spike in passenger volume, and there are a variety of views on whether the domestic airlines will be able to adequately handle the crush.

The tool is currently available to travelers from the UK, U.S., Russia, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Turkey, France, the Netherlands, and Brazil.

All of these countries, with the exception of the U.S. and its preference for the word “soccer,” call the tool Football Flight Finder in their native languages.

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