“Schiphol is constantly looking for ways to innovate and provide optimum service to passengers. With the Bitcoin ATM, we hope to provide a useful service to passengers by allowing them to easily exchange local euros for the global cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum. That can be beneficial if, for instance, it’s not possible to spend euros in their home country” – commented Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at the airport. This offer is a first of its kind in Europe, as claimed by the representative of the airport. The ATM will be placed near the departures terminal so that it is more convenient to use for the people who are leaving the country. The cryptocurrency ATM is on a six-month trial and the initiative will be expanded if it proves successful. Other airports across the world could follow in the footsteps of Schiphol, if the new technology is used actively by the passengers.
The ATM was provided by ByeleX Data Solutions, a Dutch technology firm which recently added crypto ATM division to its business operations. Representatives from the company expressed their enthusiasm for working with the airport. “We are excited that Schiphol is willing to join us in exploring ways to introduce passengers to the new cryptoreality,” – Herman Vissia, the director of ByeleX said in a statement. Schiphol is not the first airport to support the new payment technology. Brisbane airport, which is located in Australia allows passengers to pay with virtual currency at all merchants and terminals.