Venezuelan airport, Simón Bolívar International Airport, might soon start receiving Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from travelers and for payment of other airport services. 

According to a report by a local news site, elsiglo, the director of the airport Freddy Borges, said that the plan is fuelled by the increasing visit by tourists from Russia and Europe. He believes that activating a crypto payment option will be an advancement towards the international standards of the Maiquetía Airport.

“We will activate a button that is for payment of cryptocurrencies in the airport platforms and commercial activities, in coordination with Sunacrip,” he said.

He said that the airport, also known as the Maiquetía airport, will accept Bitcoin, Dash, Venezuela’s oil-pegged digital currency, the Petro, and other digital currencies to purchase tickets and other services.

In the last 24 hours, bitcoin is down by 1.86%, with a current price of $56,333.97 as at the time of writing this. Within 24 hours, bitcoin dropped to $56,177.40 low and $57,819.12 high. The trading volume of bitcoin in the last 24 hours is $1.27B. The current market capitalization of bitcoin is $1.06T. Currently, $18.84M bitcoins is in circulation.

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Borges announced that the airport in conjunction with the National Superintendency of Cryptocurrencies and Related Activities (Sunacrip) are making plans towards enabling crypto payment option in the airport. 

Sunacrip is the body responsible for monitoring the crypto ecosystem and the digital economy in Venezuela.