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Skyscanner launches Football Flight Finder tool

Posted by Ben Ireland on
Skyscanner launches Football Flight Finder tool

Skyscanner has launched a Football Flight Finder tool to coincide with the UEFA Champions League draw.

As fans learnt which teams they would face in Europe’s top club competition on Thursday August 24, the travel search engine made its new feature live.

Chelsea fans could be using it to find a way to get to Azerbaijan where they will face Qarabag, or more common routes to Madrid and Rome for their other group games.

Manchester United fans will be in need of flights to Lisbon where they will face Benfica, or Basel in Switzerland and Moscow where they’ll take on CSKA.

Liverpool supporters are also off to Moscow to face Spartak, and will be flying to Seville in Spain and Maribor in Slovenia.

Tottenham Hotspur face Spanish champions and Champions League holders Real Madrid, German side Borussia Dortmund and also travel to Cyprus to take on APOEL Nicosia.

Manchester City, who make up the five English teams in the draw, are off to Rotterdam to face Feyenoord, Naples in Italy and also play Shakhtar Donetsk – who play their Champions League home games in Kharkiv because of the conflict in the east of Ukraine.

English teams Arsenal and Everton will also be competing in the UEFA Europa League.

Skyscanner growth manager Hayley Shearer (no relation to ex England captain Alan), said: “Historically we have seen surges in searches for footy destinations. Take the last World Cup final for example, unfortunately England didn’t make the cut yet we still saw an increase of 293% in searches from the UK to Germany to be part of the match festivities. We wanted to make sure that we were offering fans the chance to find their flights quicker and easier than ever which is why we have developed the Football Flight Finder tool.

“The new tool also allows travellers the opportunity to share their flight deals with other fans via their own social channels or by email, making sure no one misses out on the best deals”.

Travellers select their home airport and their team and Skyscanner sends them flights to the nearest airport. The tool also features Skyscanner’s price alert feature.

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