Amadeus and Ingenico have announced the launch of Amadeus Airport Pay, which can be used by multiple airlines and ground handlers and multiple banks in any airport across the world, independently of the check-in infrastructure.
Lufthansa Group will roll out the payment solution in over 170 airports worldwide starting in June 2017.
Usually shared check-in desks cannot accommodate the specific payment needs of multiple airlines and ground handlers, Amadeus said. Amadeus Airport Pay is the first wireless payment solution in the industry which accepts EMV chip card payments and can be used by multiple airlines and ground handlers and multiple banks.
With Amadeus Airport Pay airlines and ground handlers can now reach any passenger with an EMV chip card or an EMV-compliant mobile wallet in any airport worldwide, regardless of the check-in infrastructure; this means airlines worldwide can deploy it quickly. As a result, airlines can convert more ancillary sales by offering travelers a fast and secure payment method that overcomes the inconveniences generally faced by travelers, Amadeus said. Because Amadeus Airport Pay is not bound to any physical infrastructure, airlines and ground handlers can take payments anywhere in the airport.
At the beginning of June, Lufthansa Group, as the launch partner, will start rolling out the solution at check-in desks and ticket offices in over 170 airports around the globe.
Amadeus also said it is aiming to make it easy for airlines and ground handlers to connect to the banks of their choice. Amadeus Airport Pay can be fully integrated in the airline’s sales flow, meaning payments are faster, more accurate and automatically accounted for.
With over 5bn chip cards in circulation globally, EMV has cemented its place as the leading card-present payment technology, Amadeus said. EMV represents a significant improvement in the way payment card fraud is detected and prevented, as EMV cards will have enhanced anti-fraud capabilities at the physical point of sale. At airports, EMV terminals are ubiquitous in duty-free shops but still a rarity in airline check-in desks.
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