Airline passengers will be able to instantly compare and book options from multiple local ride-hailing companies directly from carrier apps on landing through a new initiative.
An integration between travel technology platform CarTrawler and London-based on-demand mobility marketplace start-up Splyt gives airline passengers access to ride-hailing inventory from mobility companies such as Careem, Cabify, and mytaxi, via a single Splyt API.
The partnership aims to ensure travellers avoid having to download unfamiliar transport apps when arriving at a new destination.
All payments will be taken via airline apps, and frequent flyers will be able to use their loyalty points or air miles to pay for the ride.
Rail companies and airline apps powered by CarTrawler will integrate Splyt’s mobility marketplace API.
Splyt works with the largest ride-hailing companies in the world to provide coverage to on-demand transportation in more than 360 cities across 29 countries.
The new technology will be introduced in the coming weeks, with initial customers including an unnamed leading airline.
Splyt chief executive Philipp Mintchin said: “This new partnership is beneficial for both CarTrawler’s clients and our ride-hailing partners.
“Airlines working with CarTrawler can provide added value to their users by offering on-demand mobility, wherever they go.
“Together, we offer travellers a seamless experience when landing in a foreign country. At the same time, our ride-hailing partners benefit from additional ride-requests from travellers who would not typically be registered with them.”
CarTrawler chief technology officer Bobby Healy added: “Our customers spend over two billion days a year in the destinations they travel to. Through our airline partnerships we can now offer those customers the best combination of price and ETA while looking for taxis during that time – and better still, they can use their loyalty miles to pay for them.
“Our ride hailing partners can deliver their product and brands seamlessly to a distribution platform connecting to close on one billion consumers annually.”