Chinese travelers to Germany will soon be able to make their airport purchases will Alipay.
The Munich airport, Flughafen Mnchen, is working with technology group Wirecard to enable Alipay payments to most of its airport shops and retailers – both in the public area and the transfer zones – by mid-July, according to a June 13 news release. Wirecard has integrated Alipay Barcode Payment into the point of sale system of Eurotrade, a subsidiary of the Munich Airport that operates about 70% of the airport's retail units.
Alipay users would show the bar code to the retailer, who would then scan it to launch the payment process. Wirecard initiates the payment, which the customer verifies by entering a password, bundles all transactions for the respective retailer and processes them together.
The integration shows how quickly digital payments solutions can take hold, Markus Eichinger, head of mobile services at Wirecard, said in the release.
"[Alipay] is an important strategic partner for Wirecard because POS developments are only in their infancy in Europe," he said. "However, Alipay is a prime example of how quickly such solutions can become established on the market."