Helsinki Airport lures Chinese travellers with AliPay

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Helsinki Airport
Helsinki Airport

Finland’s efforts to attract more Chinese transit visitors has taken another step forward, with the introduction of AliPay services at Helsinki Airport.

Airport operator Finavia revealed this week that Chinese travellers can now use the AliPay mobile payment application at several retail outlets in Helsinki Airport, including Iittala, M-Box, Finspiration, Lindroos and Moomin shops. Most outlets in the airport already accept China UnionPay.

“Chinese passengers are the most rapidly growing customer group at Helsinki Airport, and the group that use the most money. We work hard to offer them the best possible service experience. Familiar and easy payment options increase the feeling of smooth and safe travel for Chinese passengers,” said Finavia’s director of commercial services, Elena Stenholm.

“As far as we know, the only other airports accepting AliPay are Munich and Frankfurt. Seven commercial service points have now adopted it at Helsinki Airport, and many others are interested.”

Finland is positioning Helsinki as the fastest transit point for Chinese passengers travelling to and from Europe. Last year it also introduced the ‘Stopover Finland’ campaign, offering a range of short-stay packages for Chinese and other Asian travellers.
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