: a New Generation of Flight Search Engines

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Kenavo flight from A to B flight schedules

Sometimes, it’s better to travel a bit further to get to an airport where the competition between different airlines, and/or the presence of budget airlines lowers the price of flights to certain destinations

“Like many people, we’ve often spent hours trying out all the different possible airports and date combinations to find the best compromise between the cheapest flight and the shortest door-to-door journey time.

This frustration led us to develop an intelligent system that is able to do all this for us and, for example, let us know whether it’s better to leave on Saturday morning rather than Friday evening, from an airport other than the one that we usually use, because there is a more direct or cheaper flight that we didn’t know about,” explains Guillaume Paillet, co-founder of the site

In less than one second, Kenavo searches all possible flight combinations (airports and flight dates and times) to get from A to B. The way that Kenavo works is ultra-simple: all users have to do is enter the start and end points of their journey: these could be cities, villages, islands, countries, mountains, or wherever they want to go; and then choose the month of departure.

Example : Going from Palo Alto, CA, USA to Mount Zealand, NH, USA is probably the only flight search engine whose information doesn’t come from a GDS (Global Distribution System, a central reservation system for airplane tickets). Kenavo has developed an algorithm which calculates all the theoretically possible flights between two destinations (with or without layovers) and which displays their timetables for the ten upcoming months.

Thanks to this algorithm, the flights that GDS don’t offer - sometimes for technical and sometimes for commercial reasons - are accessible on (which, in such cases, will then show the flight numbers with links to the airlines' sites so that people can reserve them).

According to the founders of, this equates to roughly 15% of existing flights, which are often cheaper or more direct.

For flights distributed by GDS, allows its users to check and compare airfares in real time from major airline companies and OTAs (online travel agencies).

Kenavo in a few keys facts and figures:

# Kenavo gives people the option of entering journey start and end points that are not necessarily airports (with over 2.5 million places covered around the world).

# Intelligent departure and arrival airport suggestions allowing to find the best compromise between the cheapest flight and the shortest door-to-door journey time (the journey time to and from airports, in particular, is taken into account).

# More than 400 million flight schedules between any destinations over the upcoming 10 months.

# A statistics database of over 650 million airfares from the last three years, in order to offer a reliable estimate of the cost of every flight option.

# An average of just 1 second to display the best results.

The Kenavo project was started by Guillaume Paillet, who is the co-founder of the site Alibabuy (acquired by easyvoyage in 2008) and Jean-Christophe Janicot, founder of Eanfind

Kenavo has been expanding rapidly and is already established in 15 countries.

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