The main international gateway of the Netherlands: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, has announced that with immediate effect, passengers at the busy airport can exchange their leftover euros for the cryptocurrency, including BTC and ETH at an automated kiosk. The ATM is currently on a trial period, and according to them, Schiphol is the first European airport to offer this service.
Tanja Dik, the director of Consumer Products & Services at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, said: “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.”
As per the airport’s explanations, for now, the Bitcoin ATM at Schiphol is on a six-month trial period during they will be 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. Passengers pass through these two points daily in their thousands. The position of the ATM also allows visitors at the Schiphol Plaza to reach the ATM so they can 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 commented as such: “We are excited that Schiphol is willing to join us in exploring ways to introduce passengers to the new cryptoreality.”
It was recently reported that all merchants and airport terminals have begun accepting various digital assets at Brisbane Airport in Australia. Brisbane Airport is hence one of the friendliest cryptocurrency airports in the world along with Schiphol Airport.