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Flight booking capability is being added to the Uber ride-sharing app in the UK for the summer. The new flight booking functionality is powered by online travel agent Hopper.
The move strengthens Uber’s ambition to create a seamless door-to-door travel solution.
Flights on Uber join existing transport options available in the UK, including Uber Rides, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, train journeys across the National Rail network, Eurostar and coach travel with National Express and megabus.
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Uber recently integrated bookings with Heathrow Express, allowing for seamless booking through the airport rail shuttle service.
To book flights users need to enter their travel details, including where they will be travelling to and from along with dates. Customers will then be able to select their departing and returning flight from the options supplied. They will also be able to select seats with major carriers listed in the app and pay.
UK general manger Andrew Brem said: “We’re incredibly pleased to introduce flight bookings as the latest addition to Uber’s suite of travel booking options. Perfect for business travellers and tourists alike, our new functionality will make the booking and managing of air travel simple and stress-free, with the booking process taking as little as one minute in the Uber app. Over the last 12 months with the addition of rail, coach and now flight bookings, Uber is truly a one-stop travel solution.”
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Hopper co-founder and chief executive Frederic Lalonde added: “Through our B2B initiative, Hopper Cloud, we can seamlessly integrate both our travel inventory and fintech products into the Uber ecosystem. The addition of flights to the Uber app is a big win for UK consumers who are looking for an easier way to book travel.
“This new partnership will offer Uber users choice, transparency and flexibility when booking flights, all in the same place they are already booking their other transportation.”