Vueling to accept cryptocurrencies for flight purchases from mid-2023

Vueling customers will be able to use cryptocurrencies to purchase flights online from the second half of 2023.

The airline will become “the first low-cost airline in Europe to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment alternative,” Vueling explained in a statement on Wednesday.

The move is the result of a collaboration agreement between Vueling and Criptan, a Valencian start-up specializing in cryptocurrencies. Vueling, part of IAG, was also founded in Valencia, but has its main hub at BarcelonaEl Prat Airport.

Vueling S.A. is a Spanish low-cost airline based at Viladecans in Greater Barcelona (Catalonia) with hubs at Barcelona–El Prat Airport (main), Paris-Orly Airport in Paris, France, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy (secondary).

It is the largest airline in Spain, measured by fleet size and number of destinations. As of 2021, Vueling serves 122 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and carried more than 34 million passengers in 2019. Since 2013, it has been an operating company of International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus.

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