According to tweets from El Salvador’s presidential Twitter account and confirmed by the airline, the El Salvador-based subsidiary of ultra-low cost airline Volaris will accept bitcoin payments.
El Salvador’s new bitcoin law requires all businesses in the country to accept the cryptocurrency as payment if they have the necessary technology.
“The Volaris website is international and complies with the provisions of the jurisdictions where we operate,” the airline said in an email to ULTCOIN365. “We are working to provide our clients with the option to pay with Bitcoin services in the airport,” it said, referring to its operations in El Salvador.
Reuters reported that, while El Salvador’s presidential Twitter account quoted Nayib Bukele as saying that Volaris would be the “first airline in the world to accept Bitcoin and of course Chivo Wallet,” multiple carriers had already announced that they would accept the cryptocurrency.
One of the most well-known is Latvia’s Air Baltic, which announced in 2014 that it would be the first airline to accept bitcoin and has since added other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash, Ether, and Dogecoin. Openpay, a payment service provider, announced in 2015 that TAR Airlines, based in Mexico, would be the “first Latin American airline” to accept bitcoin. Surf Air, based in Los Angeles and offering charter flights through membership plans, has also announced that it will begin accepting Bitcoin in 2017.
Alternative Airlines’ booking engine also allows travelers to book airline tickets using bitcoin, even if the airline does not directly accept the cryptocurrency as payment.
Bukele was speaking at an event commemorating the official launch of Volaris’ new airline in El Salvador. Volaris is best known for its extensive operations in Mexico, but the company also has subsidiaries in Costa Rica and, most recently, El Salvador.