Latvia’s flag carrier airline quietly announced they would be accepting bitcoin about four days ago — becoming the first airline in the world to directly accept bitcoin.
But despite community excitement over the event, many quickly expressed disappointment when they realized that enthusiasts buying tickets with the digital currency would be assessed an additional convenience fee.
That fee, €5.99, was widely considered to be strange. After all, why would you charge a fee for using a currency that’s effectively saving you money on card processing fees.
airBaltic has apparently listened. As of late this week, the carrier has removed the fee, allowing customers to purchase their tickets without being accessed anything additional.
“Awesome! Nice of them to put it on par with their airBaltic credit card solution,” wrote one user on social sharing website Reddit.com.
“Brilliant, they have won all my business now!” another exclaimed.
airBaltic operates a fleet of twenty-five aircraft. Flying to sixty destinations in the Baltic, the carrier flew over 2.95 million passengers last year.
NEWSBTC attempted to catch up with the company to obtain preliminary bitcoin sales data, but has not yet received a response.
We’ll, of course, keep you updated accordingly.