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Expedia trims backend code to fly higher

Its flight-booking application is much more flexible today than it was 3 years ago

[SINGAPORE] Flight booking giant Expedia is one of the older travel websites, and over the past three years, it has gone through an extensive diet on its backend code so that it can fight with leaner start-ups that have come on the scene.

The Nasdaq-listed firm brought in revenues of US$4 billion in 2012, and employs over 12,000 globally across its various Web properties like Hotels.com and Hotwire.com.

The Expedia property itself specialises in providing a meta-search across airline carriers and aggregates flights so that users can easily compare prices.

In recent years, however, the travel space has seen the entrance of players like Wego, Webjet, Skyscanner and Farecompare, which provide similar...

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