WeChat Pay joins Alipay and UnionPay platforms at Budapest Airport

By Luke Barras-hill |


BUD lifted its passenger numbers by 13.5% in 2018 year-on-year to 14.9m.

Travellers at Budapest Airport (BUD) can now enjoy more cashless payment options at tillpoint as Heinemann Duty Free rolls out WeChat Pay.

The Chinese mobile payment vendor joins existing transaction providers Alipay and UnionPay.

BUD adds to the growing list of European airports, including Amsterdam Schiphol, to incorporate WeChat Pay into their retail shops to enable a more seamless shopping experience for Chinese customers through payments and related activations.

“Each of these platforms are part of an everyday lifestyle in China – among the most popular apps with unique communities, making every connection possible between consumer and vendor,” said Kam Jandu, Chief Commercial Officer, Budapest Airport.

“Working with Heinemann Duty Free and other partners to introduce what are rapidly becoming principal payment methods for businesses wanting to reach Chinese shoppers, especially abroad, will enable us to connect with our customers on numerous levels.”

Memories of Hungary, Living Toys, Budapest & Music and Swarovski have adopted Chinese payment systems.

WeChat Pay’s ecosystem already supports more than 13 currencies across 40 countries.

Stay close to TRBusiness for an interview with Patrick Bohl, Head of Retail and Advertising at Budapest Airport.


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