Ctrip said Skyscanner serves 60 million monthly active users and is available in more than 30 languages.
“Skyscanner is one of the largest travel search platforms in the world,” said James Jianzhang Liang, co-founder and executive chairman of Ctrip.
“We are excited to welcome Skyscanner into the Ctrip group.
“Ctrip and Skyscanner share the same passion and dedication in providing travelers around the world with better services.
“This acquisition will strengthen long-term growth drivers for both companies.
“Skyscanner will complement our positioning at a global scale, and we will leverage our experience, technology and booking capabilities to help Skyscanner.”
Gareth Williams, co-founder and chief executive officer of Skyscanner, said: “Ctrip is the clear market leader in China and a company we can learn a huge amount from.
“Today’s news takes Skyscanner one step closer to our goal of making travel search as simple as possible for travelers around the world.
“Ctrip and Skyscanner share a common view – that organizing travel has a long way to go to being solved.
“To do so requires powerful technology and a traveler-first approach.
“In taking the next step to achieving our goal, Skyscanner will remain operationally independent and our growing global team will continue to innovate and deliver the products travelers know and love.
“It’s an exciting time for our business, our partners and the travelers who use us.”
Ctrip said: ” … the purchase consideration consists of cash mainly, the remainder consisting of Ctrip ordinary shares and loan notes.”
“The boards of directors of the company and Skyscanner have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close by the end of 2016.”