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Flight Geek of the Week – Gareth Williams

Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work

Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work

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**1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**
Co-founder and Chief Exec.

2. What kind of flight geek are you?
Geek Motivator

3. What best describes your general travel style?
Most of the time, I know where I want to go but I’m flexible on when.

That was one of the motivations for designing Skyscanner to find the cheapest days to fly over a month or even year period.

4. What’s your ideal holiday?
Sea, sand, family and LOTS of books.

5. Who’s your ideal travel companion?
The Economist magazine. And my wife (of course).

6. Do you fly with children?
Yes. Two of them.

7. How do you decide where you want to go?
Curiosity mostly.

8. How do you decide when you want to go?
When I start getting grumpy at work.

9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?
Skyscanner has made the process of looking for flights much easier (which is why we started the company in the first place!). However, many other areas of online travel search are still generally quite poorly served in terms of speed, coverage and functionality.

10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to improve things?
We’re constantly working on making our coverage of airlines and flights the best possible in every country in the world. With over 600 different carriers now on Skyscanner – we’re getting closer to that goal every day.

11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?
It’s a simple thing, but I love that place name misspellings are recognised in the search controls.

12. What’s your dream Skyscanner feature?
Free text queries, Google speed of results.

13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner?
Well, there’s Google of course. And being a book lover, I spend a fair bit of time on Amazon. Codeproject is for the geek inside, and for a good laugh, The Dailymash is yet to fail me.

14. What’s the geekiest thing about you – your secret flight geek shame?
I know 1000 airport IATA codes.

15. Worst travel experience?
Missing plane. Sleeping on airport floor overnight – then missing next plane.

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