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May 3, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Cheapflights.co.nz unveils next generation website – helps Kiwis find flights more easily and go farther for less.
– New Zealand first to get new next-gen Cheapflights site – at Cheapflights.co.nz

– Greater range of flights, faster results, new filters make searching easier

– ‘Fast insights’ on destinations reveals latest local costs for beer, bread, buses

– Launches with street art event in Auckland featuring award-winning artists

Auckland – Momondo Group, the travel search pioneer, today unveils its new next generation Cheapflights website at Cheapflights.co.nz – with New Zealand the first country to benefit from a series of new features and enhancements.

The company selected New Zealand as one of just two early test markets for the next generation site – and unveiled the new site here first today (April 30) after it completed final user testing.

The new “meta” site features a simplified user interface designed to make it easier to search through millions of flights and travel options faster – as well as quickly filter and compare results, according to whether holidaymakers want the “cheapest” or the “quickest” option. Cheapflights.co.nz now also features handy “chart view” and “calendar view” options to enable users to easily find the cheapest days and times to travel.

The company is supporting the launch with a series of events in Auckland to inspire Kiwis to push their boundaries, explore the world – and “chalk it up” with Cheapflights. An award-winning chalk street artist created a 3D picture in the city centre with a body-painted ‘steward’ and ‘stewardess’ encouraging users to “get in the picture” and explore the world via the new site – as well as bringing the world to would-be travellers by enabling them to step into the eye-catching 3-D chalk design.

And it seems Kiwis are already pushing their boundaries in 2014. The latest data from Cheapflights.co.nz reveals that top emerging destinations – the biggest movers in terms of flight searches on the site – were Stockholm (Sweden), Cork (Ireland) and Milan (Italy). Other city destinations recording large increases in searches were Venice, Italy (4th); Prague, Czech Republic; (5th); Cairo, Egypt (6th); Seattle, USA (7th) and Seoul, South Korea (8th) with Bangalore, India, and Rome, Italy, rounding off the top ten risers. [See separate release for further details and full list]

The new Cheapflights site now enables users to compare a much wider range of airlines and travel companies across the market, helping them to find the best options – whether by price, convenience, duration or carrier – to meet their needs.

A revealing new “fast insights” feature enables users to quickly find the latest local prices for taxis, buses and a range of local goods – from clothing to coffee, from eggs to water and a range of beers!

Pages are served faster thanks to new optimised requests, helping users find flights and information more quickly – and the site now uses “responsive design”, meaning content now better fits on a range of screen sizes; making it easier to view on laptops, tablets, smartphones and the next generation of portable devices.

Hugo Burge, CEO of Momondo Group, said: “New Zealand is the first country to benefit from our new search technology, smart filters and simplified design. New Zealand has proved an excellent test market to help develop the first of our next gen sites – and users here have really helped shape and inform our thinking.

“Given that Kiwis are known for travelling far and wide, it makes sense to launch the first of our new sites here. We already know that New Zealand has ‘royal approval’ and just as New Zealand was the first destination for the next generation of royals, it’s where we’ve come to kick off our next generation of travel search. We want to give New Zealanders a headstart with their travel searches, helping people push their boundaries with new destinations – and help Chalk It Up with Cheapflights.”

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