The overhaul of the site, being developed by about 200 IT staff hired over the past 18 months, is in part a defensive strategy to avoid becoming dependent on third-party sites such as and Google Flights for ticket sales. Ryanair's plans contrast with that of Lufthansa, which is also seeking to direct more customers to its own website but by introducing a fee for bookings made using the global distribution systems (GDSs) such as Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport. "We want to become the of travel in Europe, with a whole load of additional services: price comparison, cut-rate hotels, discounted football tickets, concert tickets," Michael O'Leary told Reuters. "We want to be the disruptor that goes out and disrupts the original disruptors," he added. Get the full story at Reuters