Crypto ATM Installed At Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airportbr>
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed a crypto ATM that will offer both bitcoin and ethereum.
Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands. It is located 9 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, North Holland. It is Europe’s third busiest and the world’s twelfth busiest airport in terms of passenger volume.
Schiphol claims to be the first European airport to offer a crypto ATM service. However, the airport said this installation is currently on a six-month trial to determine whether a demand for this service exists among passengers.
“Schiphol is constantly looking for ways to innovate and provide optimum service to passengers,” said Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. “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.”
The crypto ATM, which is located in Arrival Hall 2, is also in the corridor to Departure Halls 1 and 2, where thousands of passengers pass through daily. The placement will enable the airport to offer visitors to Schiphol Plaza the opportunity to buy cryptocurrency.
Schiphol partnered with local software solutions provider Dutch software firm ByeleX Data Solutions BV for its machine.
“We are excited that Schiphol is willing to join us in exploring ways to introduce passengers to the new cryptoreality,” said Byelex director Herman Vissia.
This is not the first instance of cryptocurrency being adopted by airport operators. In January of this year, Brisbane Airport (BNE) partnered with Australian payment provider Travelbybit to transform the airport into one of the world’s most crypto-friendly terminals. The parnership allows retailers inside the terminal to accept various cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, ethereum, NEM, and Steem.