"There are some very exciting developments with Google, where we have been working with them on sharing the pricing," O'Leary said.
"We'll be sharing the Ryanair pricing through all of the Google outlets, so when you go in, there'll be route selections, cheapest prices and so on. Google are developing a price-comparison thing themselves.
"They want to launch with us and we're working with them on that kind of product.
"It'll blow comparison sites like Skyscanner out of the water."
O'Leary said he expected the project to go live by the end of March.
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Imagine a cable company or satellite TV network giving its subscribers access to only the channels they own. With little competition, they are pretty much free to do as they please. Just look at what is going on with The Weather Channel and DirecTV.
Imagine a telephone company listing the companies they own or have financial interests in the top spots in their Yellow Pages book and everyone else below. Would this not be deemed anti-competitive and unlawful?
Google's expansion into other markets will definitely suppress innovation in the long-term as those within the industries Google is entering do not have the benefit of owning the top digital marketing channel to support their businesses.
No inquiries, investigations and/or other actions by government officials leads me to believe that Google itself is benefiting from preferential treatment and immunity from fair competition laws. This consolidation of technology under one huge multinational corporation goes well beyond "troubling" in my view. If nothing else, it speaks of potential collusion between government and corporate interests over fair competition which ultimately gives consumers of goods the benefits of choice.