Uber wants to expand its ride-hailing business by adding travel booking via flights, trains, and more in the UK for a “seamless door-to-door experience.” This will be possible through the integration of its software with airlines, inter-city bus and rail operators, as well as car rental companies.
When the service will become available, users will be able to book their flight, train and Uber all on the same app. The bold move is not unexpected since the pandemic is pretty much behind us, as CEO Dara Khosrowshahi highlighted to The Financial Times: “With COVID behind us, with this big push into new modes of transport, we want to signal that this is a very important growth lever for us over the coming years.”
Uber UK general manager Jamie Heywood thinks since “you have been able to book rides, bikes, boat services and scooters on the Uber app for a number of years, adding trains and coaches is a natural progression.”
Moreover, he said the company plans “to incorporate flights, and in the future hotels, by integrating leading partners into the Uber app to create a seamless door-to-door travel experience.”
The company hasn’t mentioned whether, with the new service, Uber will compete directly with travel booking services.
Rail and coach bookings are launching later this summer, flight bookings later this year, and hotel reservations in 2023.