Starting now, passengers at Schiphol can exchange their leftover euros for Bitcoin or Ethereum at a ‘Bitcoin ATM’. The ATM is a trial and Schiphol is the first European airport to offer this service.
“Schiphol is constantly looking for ways to innovate and provide optimum service to passengers,” says Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
“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.”
For now, the Bitcoin ATM at Schiphol is a six-month trial aimed at exploring whether a demand for this service exists among passengers. The Bitcoin ATM, which is located in Arrival Hall 2, is also in the corridor to Departure Halls 1 and 2. Many departing passengers walk by this location. The placement additionally enables visitors, to Schiphol Plaza, the opportunity to exchange their euros for Bitcoin.
This trial is the result of cooperation between Schiphol and the Dutch company ByeleX Data Solutions BV, ‘The Byecoin Company’. “We are excited that Schiphol is willing to join us in exploring ways to introduce passengers to the new cryptoreality,” according to ByeleX director Herman Vissia.