Uber wants to include flight reservations and other transport
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(Pocket-lint) – Uber plans to add flights, trains and other travel bookings to its UK app this year.
The plan is for the new service to provide a “seamless door-to-door experience,” Uber told the Financial Times.
To make this work, Uber will integrate its software with airlines, car rental companies, and bus and rail operators. This will include travel through the Eurostar Channel Tunnel, CNBC reports.
“You’ve been able to book rides, bikes, boat services and scooters on the Uber app for several years, so adding trains and coaches is a natural progression,” said Jamie Heywood, chief executive of Uber. ‘Uber UK.
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said he wants Uber to be “the Amazon of transportation,” and this “super app” strategy certainly aligns with those goals.
Before joining Uber, Khosrowshahi was CEO of Expedia, so he’s no stranger to that side of the business.
Shortly before the pandemic, about 15% of Uber rides were to and from airports. If the entire travel process could be streamlined into a single app, including travel to your destination country, it’s easy to imagine how convenient and popular it would be.
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At this time, it’s unclear if Uber plans to offer a similar service in the United States. However, that would only make sense if the service turns out to be a hit here in the UK.
Written by Luke Baker.