Chinese online payment platform Alipay has entered into an agreement with Auckland Airport to set up its mobile payment solution at participating airport retailers.
The platform will enable customers to make purchase using their Alipay mobile accounts.
The new deal forms part of Alipay’s global “Future Airport” programme, which aims to provide an easy payment option for Chinese travellers.
Auckland Airport, which is the first airport in Australasia to take part in the programme, will join eight other international airports, including Singapore’s Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and Munich Airport.
Auckland Airport general manager of marketing and technology Jason Delamore said: “This agreement will help us improve the customer experience for travellers from China, our fastest growing passenger market.
“The Alipay mobile payment technology will make it easier than ever for Chinese travellers and visitors to enjoy Auckland Airport’s expanding specialty retail and food and beverage offer, and for our retailers to gain access to the growing Chinese market. That’s a win for everyone.
“The Alipay partnership also opens up opportunities to communicate with potential travellers from China before they come to New Zealand and with Chinese visitors while they’re travelling here. We’ll be using those opportunities to promote New Zealand as a destination.”
Currently, Alipay has more than 450 million users in China.