Venezuela’s Caracas Airport Turns To Cryptocurrency

Caracas International Airport (CCS) announced it will start receiving cryptocurrencies as payment. It is the latest member of the Venezuelan aviation industry to turn into the cryptocurrency trend as the political and economic situation in the South American country worsens. Let’s investigate further.

Caracas Airport
Caracas International Airport will receive cryptocurrency payments. Photo: Getty Images.

Which cryptocurrency will CCS accept?

On October 7, the general director of Caracas International Airport, colonel Freddy Borges Flores, held a press conference to talk about the latest developments at CCS.

He talked about how the airport is working with the National Superintendence of Cryptocurrency Assets and Related Activities (Sunacrip, in Spanish) in Venezuela. These two Government entities are working towards the installation of infrastructure that can sustain payment with cryptocurrencies.

The Venezuelan airport will receive payment with cryptocurrencies like Dash, Bitcoin, and even the national digital currency, Petro.

Borges added,

“We need to advance these new economic and technological systems to be accessible. We will activate a button for cryptocurrency payments on the airport platforms and commercial activities in coordination with Sunacrip.”

Venezuela’s government is currently promoting digital currency adoption. According to Borges, the new crypto payment options should benefit tourism going into Caracas and Venezuela.

Not only domestic travelers but also foreign visitors will be able to pay using their crypto wallets.

Turpial Airlines
Turpial Airlines also accepts cryptocurrency payments. Photo: Getty Images.

Other Venezuelan companies accepting Bitcoin

In August, we reported that the Venezuelan carrier Turpial Airlines would start receiving bitcoin payments. This decision would help the airline cope with the local currency hyperinflation.

The South American airline is also accepting payment through PayPal and Zelle, according to an official statement.

Similarly, State carrier Conviasa has entered the cryptocurrency craze. In January 2020, the carrier announced passengers could acquire tickets on the routes Caracas-Cancun and Maracaibo-Panama using the State cryptocurrency Petro. Nevertheless, checking Conviasa’s website, it says that crypto payment is currently suspended, despite the interest from the government to promote this trend.

Venezuela’s Caracas Airport Turns To Cryptocurrency
airBaltic is one of the world’s leading airlines in the cryptocurrency trend. Photo: Getty Images

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Other carriers and airports accepting crypto

Some airlines and airports are also receiving cryptocurrency payments worldwide. In 2018, Brisbane International Airport became one of the first hubs to accept this type of payment.

In a statement published in January 2018, Brisbane Airport Corporation General Manager Strategic Planning and Development, Roel Hellemons, said,

“This is just the beginning for us as we hope to expand the digital currency option across the business, so watch this space.”

airBaltic is one of the most famous airlines that accept cryptocurrencies. It takes coins like Dogecoin, Etherium, and Bitcoin Cash. It also recently jumped into the non-fungible token (NFT) trend earlier this year.

The airline’s CEO, Martin Gauss, recently said,

“After being the first airline to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment, it is the next step for us in blockchain technology to offer non-fungible tokens.”

Finally, the private aviation company PrivateFly recently stated that nearly 20% of its yearly revenues come from bitcoin.

Venezuela’s Caracas Airport Turns To Cryptocurrency
Since 2018, Brisbane International Airport accepts cryptocurrency payments. Photo: Brisbane Airport Corporation.

How’s CCS doing at the moment

Caracas International Airport is a shell of what it once was. According to Cirium’s database, CCS has 494 scheduled commercial flights in October 2021. Eight carriers are operating in the hub: Avior, Copa Airlines, Estelar, LATAM, Wingo, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas, Turkish, and Air Europa. Conviasa also operates in this airport, but it doesn’t upload its data to Cirium’s database. Also, LATAM only has one scheduled flight; it doesn’t really fly commercially to Caracas at the moment.

Compared to 2019 levels, CCS has 75.4% fewer flights. It has also lost flights from TAP Portugal, Iberia, Cubana de Aviación, Caribbean Airlines, and Air France.

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