The QPX Express API, which came to Google in 2010 with the acquisition of ITA Software, will only be available until April 2018. The search provider obviously focuses only on its own frontend for air travel.
As a user of the social network Hacker News noticed, Google has tacitly announced the closure of the QPX Express API. Via the interface companies can access air fares and make bookings. QPX came to the house of the Internet giant as part of the takeover of ITA Software . In addition to airlines such as Alitalia, Air Canada and American Airlines with Bing Travel, customers also included Microsoft’s competition for Google’s own travel search.
In keeping with the closure, Google has at least updated the FAQ of the QPX Express API . According to this, existing customers can still use them until April 10, 2018. Of course, the search provider does not accept new customers. For the final spurt, the price of $ 0.035 per search is reduced to $ 0.02. Google does not offer alternatives for corporate customers, but with Google Flights it has its own portal for end users, which builds on algorithms from the ITA software takeover. Since Google does not give specific reasons for the shutdown, it must remain speculation whether the shutdown of the API should weaken potential competitors or the service is simply not (anymore) worthwhile. ( warmth )
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