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Uber is trialling flight bookings in the UK

Uber is trialling flight bookings in the UK

According to Uber’s UK General Manager Andrew Brem, the action is “the latest and most ambitious step” in the company’s ambition to grow its primary ride-booking business.

The San Francisco-based firm, which currently allows clients to purchase rail and bus tickets in the UK, has started introducing the new function to a small number of those customers and intends to do so more widely in the upcoming weeks, according to the article.

According to the article, Uber has teamed with online travel agency Hopper to sell flights and will receive a modest profit from each transaction.

Uber customers will just need to submit their flight details, such as the destination and departure airports, as well as the intended departure date.

If going with a major airline, the business said they would then be able to choose one-way and return flights, as well as choose and pay for seats through the app.

All of this is done as part of the business’s effort to develop “seamless door-to-door travel solutions”.

According to Andrew Brem, general manager of Uber UK, “Our new functionality will make booking and managing air travel simple and stress-free, with the booking process taking as little as one minute.”

Due to relationships with companies like Eurostar, Thames Clippers, Omio, National Rail, National Express, and Megabus, customers in the UK may already add reservations for trains, boats, and buses to their Uber accounts.

According to The Verge, Brem stated that the train tickets have been “incredibly popular” thus far and that the number of bookings has climbed by 40% per month since the function was introduced in August of last year.

It is the disruptive ride-share company’s most extensive move yet. When he combined Uber’s ride-hailing and Uber Eats food delivery services in 2019, Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, stated his ambition that the firm would become “an operating system for everyday life.”

Source: escape

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