One of the most inconvenient things about international travel is getting stuck with foreign money that can’t be accepted in your home country. Luckily for passengers and visitors to Schiphol Airport, they can now experience the benefits of a truly global currency first hand and get rid of their fiat at the same time.
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, the main international gateway of the Netherlands, has announced that, effective immediately, passengers at the airport can exchange their leftover euros for cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, at automated kiosks in various parts of the airport.
According to the airport management, the move is the first in Europe and is in line with the airport’s ambition to offer quality services to their customers. “Schiphol is constantly looking for ways to innovate and provide optimum service to passengers,” read part of the statement.
Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport said that the service will allow passengers and visitors leaving Netherlands to swap the ‘local’ euros to a more global currency. He explained:
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.
Six-Month Trial Period
The airport explained that for now, the Bitcoin ATM at Schiphol is on a six-month trial period aimed at exploring whether demand for this service exists among passengers.
The machines are located in Arrival Hall 2 and also in the corridor to Departure Halls 1 and 2, where thousands of passengers pass through daily. Importantly, the placement also enables visitors to Schiphol Plaza to reach the ATM, enabling them to buy cryptocurrency even if they are just passing by.
This trial is the result of cooperation between Schiphol and the Dutch company Byelex Data Solutions BV, operating under ‘The Byecoin Company’.
ByeleX director Herman Vissia expressed his gratitude that Schiphol had partnered with Byelex to allow travellers enjoy a global currency that has no limitation on use. He explained:
We are excited that Schiphol is willing to join us in exploring ways to introduce passengers to the new crypto reality,
According to CoinDesk, Schiphol isn’t the only airport making crypto advancements. Recently, in Brisbane Airport in Australia, all merchants and airport terminals begun accepting various digital assets, making it one of the most crypto-friendly airports in the world.
Various locations around the world – especially those that host clients from different parts of the world – are exploring ways of making it easier for their customers to exchange fiat currency for crypto. This is a trend that is currently being witnessed, for example, in large malls in major cities across the world.
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