Mobile payments set to soar among airlines

New research has shown that the number of airlines accepting mobile payments has risen from 10 per cent in 2012 to 25 per cent in 2013.

The study undertaken by WorldPay among 56 airlines found that mobile payments are now a ‘key area of focus’, with over half (57 per cent) of airlines saying mobile has the greatest potential to drive revenue for them over the next couple of years.

The research also shows that 32 per cent of airlines are planning to offer mobile payments within the next two years and that e-wallets and online bank transfers are also in line for development for 29 per cent.

Mike Parkinson, airlines vice president at WorldPay, commented: “Over the next two years we can expect to see significant developments in this space, with new innovations in the ways consumers purchase tickets and services via mobile devices from airlines.

‘In the future, services offered via a mobile device will become inherent to the airline experience from booking to check-in.”

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