Asia Pacific breaks mould for Skyscanner

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Online flight search company Skyscanner has seen a 400 per cent boost to its Asia Pacific business since it opened an office in Singapore just six months ago, the firm yesterday claimed.

Chief executive Gareth Williams said the speed of growth in the region was “something we have only seen in Russia”, which is the Edinburgh-based firm’s second-biggest market with more than two million visits to its Russian site per month.

Williams, who is also the co-founder of Skyscanner, was in London yesterday speaking at the London Web Summit.

He said that he expected growth in Asia to continue with the launch of low-cost airlines and the “enthusiastic” adoption of social media, where customer use of mobile apps has outstripped access to its site from the internet for the first time.

“That’s quite different from Europe, where roughly one in three users accesses our site through mobile,” he added.