Ryanair has enlisted the help of software giant Microsoft to ramp up its attempts to block third parties from screen scraping fares from its website.

The move follows a fraught week for the airline following the emergency landing of one of its aircraft and finding itself on the receiving end of an injunction in Germany over its policy of cancelling tickets bought on third party sites.

Travolution understands that Microsoft and technology provider Navitaire have been asked to “proactively eliminate” screen scraping of the Ryanair site, primarily by blocking block access from other sites.

A spokesperson confirmed that the airline would attempt to block as many sites as possible – mirroring a strategy by Directline Insurance in the UK which claims its products cannot be found on any price comparison website.

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