airBaltic, the Latvian national airline, officially confirmed accepting Bitcoin payments – now you can pay with BTC when purchasing tickets for any flights operated by the company.
The information comes from the company’s official Twitter account.
It is worth noting that airBaltic currently owns 25 aircrafts flying to over 60 destinations. Their average annual traffic volume is 3+ million passengers.
The company, however, will charge a commission of €5.99 for tickets purchased for BTC. This news caused a wave of indignation among Bitcoin users, but airBaltic explained that the money would be used to pay for reservation and processing services.
Thus, airBaltic has become the first airline to start accepting Bitcoin payments directly. Until quite recently it was possible to purchase plane tickets for bitcoins from at least two travel agencies – CheapAir and Expedia – but via intermediary companies only.