To send you the most relevant quote requests, we will set up and check your route coverage. There are a number of ways to configure your route settings:
- Automated Updates
- Manual Configuration
In most of the cases, we would prefer to use the default options - which is open to all routes available. However, you may choose not to open all routes because of the following reasons:
- Technical Capability - Your servers are not able to handle all traffic from Skyscanner.
- Commercial Reason - You have certain business requirements to follow.
Official Airline Guide
For our airline partners, it is recommended that we consume routes and timetable data from OAG. It requires no specific action from you, leave the rest to us and OAG.
For our Online Travel Agent (OTA) partners, you can elect to open all routes for search. This means that your server will get all search requests. No route list has to be provided in this case, but if required, we will limit the display to only specific user markets (points of sale).
Skyscanner systems include a comprehensive set of routes and timetables from around the world. We will only query our partners' systems for a particular departure-arrival pair (route) if we know that the route is actively operated. When applied to airlines, we will check if your carrier has active flights on this route, and for Online Travel Agents, we will check your individual configuration. If no particular settings are found, all requests will be sent to you.
For routes update via FTP, please provide us with:
- Credentials to access FTP server
- Endpoint / IP address
- A file (preferably in CSV format) stored in the server which is constantly updated with latest routes data.
For airline partners, we generally expect the following fields to be included in the routes file:
|Origin||Origin Airport in IATA code||LHR|
|Destination||Destination Airport in IATA code||EDI|
|Days of Week with operation||Specify if the route has daily service||123.5.7|
|Schedule Starts||The date we should apply the route||2017-11-03|
|Schedule Ends||The date we should remove the route||2018-03-31|
With this information, the output file may look like this:
origin, destination, days_of_week, date_start, date_end LHR, EDI, 123.5.7, 2017-11-03, 2018-03-31 LHR, TPE, 1234567, 2017-10-28, 2018-03-31
For OTA partners, route data is usually configured via general route restrictions. As business requirements don't change frequently, automated updates may not be the most cost-efficient way of implementing this.
Some partners may prefer to offer an API endpoint rather than a FTP download, we can also support that. It is recommended to provide a RESTful API with responses in JSON or XML format.
An example API response could look like this:
The origin and destination (OnD) information are mandatory for the basic level or route configuration, while all the others further enrich the context of your actual offering.
We can also configure to allow or deny requests with certain type routes be sent to our partners.
If you would like to specify the routes you operate, you may do this by providing us with an IATA formatted list of airport-airport or city-city pairs, for example CDG-LHR. Using this method, the routes are best supplied in .csv or .xlsx format. Please discuss this with the Partner Success Team for further details.