Another screenscraper victory for Ryanair
November 28th, 2011 by elisa

Ryanair has found a way to stop two online agents from buying its tickets. Last year it won a ruling by a Spanish court that stated they would have the exclusive rights to advertise their lowest fares on their own website against that of screenscraper Atrapalo.

This year, the airline has stopped two more Spanish agents by installing technology that makes customers manually type a series of letters and numbers to access parts of the site. The technology means the agents can no longer compile databases of flight prices.

A a result, Spanish screenscraper websites Edreams and Bravofly have stopped displaying the airline’s prices on their websites.

“By eliminating unauthorised screenscraping, Ryanair has improved consumer access to, and the response times of, the website for genuine consumers/passengers,” it said in a statement.

“Ryanair welcomes the decision by Edreams and Bravofly to no long display Ryanair’s fares and seats and hopes they will continue to desist from unauthorised screenscraping.”

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “Ryanair will continue to implement measures to get rid of unauthorised screenscrapers and travel agents from our website.”

The airline said that it had seen a rise in bookings since this was implemented.

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