Skyscanner, the online flight search service, is to double its workforce to 500 in the next year.

The Edinburgh-based site is to fund the expansion through cash flow and operating profits, according to the Financial Times.

Skyscanner, which takes a cut on each booking or a commission on each click through to an airline website which converts into a sale, turned over £33.5m in 2012.

Founder Gareth Williams told the Guardian last year that the site would expand tenfold in the next three or four years.

Williams told the FT that the site was already bigger than rival Kayak outside the US “and not far behind them globally”.

More than half of the new jobs are expected to be in Scotland.

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Photo Credit: Scotland-based flight search site Skyscanner says it will double its staff next year. Screen Shot / Skyscanner