In the near future, travellers will be able to purchase airline tickets in Venezuela using bitcoins. According to claims made by Freddy Borges, Director of the Maiqueta International Airport, the institution would endeavour to incorporate cryptocurrencies such as dash, bitcoin, and the national petro into the airport’s payment system.
The use of cryptocurrencies to pay for airline tickets in Venezuela could be on the horizon. According to statements made by the Maiqueta International Airport’s director, Freddy Borges, the institution is trying to adapt its payment system to accept several cryptocurrencies as payment for aircraft tickets and other services supplied at the airport. Borges stated in this regard: “We will activate a button for cryptocurrency payments in the airport platforms and commercial activities, in coordination with Sunacrip.”
The officer highlighted bitcoin, dash, and the national petro as cryptocurrencies that would be supported. Borges emphasised the need of adopting these payment methods in order to enable purchases by visitors who may visit the country in the future. He stated that the airport must move forward with the adoption of these new instruments that travellers may use.
Sunacrip, the national cryptocurrency watchdog, will control the use of these cryptocurrencies as payment methods. The Maiquetia International Airport is one of the country’s busiest civil airports, with passengers arriving from 17 different international locations.
This isn’t the first time cryptocurrency has been proposed as potential payment methods for airline tickets in Venezuela. Conviasa, a national airline, said in 2019 that it would begin selling tickets in Petros. Joselit Ramirez, the national cryptocurrency supervisor at the time, indicated that these operations will be confirmed in less than two minutes.
Meanwhile, in August of last year, Turpial Airlines, another national airline, announced that it would accept bitcoin payments for tickets. The modest airline, which runs three Boeing jets, was one of the first private airlines to announce cryptocurrency payment acceptance.