SIX Payment Services was one of the first payment service providers in Europe to enter into a collaborative arrangement with the Chinese payment platform Alipay, the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group and with over 520 million active users in China. Alipay has been integrated into the acceptance portfolio of SIX and into the relevant applications alongside all common credit and debit cards, enabling merchants of SIX to accept mobile payments from Alipay users.

Since 1 January 2018, Chinese customers will be able to pay with Alipay in shops at Schiphol airport.  This implementation further enhances the Chinese passenger journey within Schiphol airport in combination with a Chinese language airport website, wifi language optimization and Weibo presence on the China digital media space. Schiphol Airport is actively ensuring a convenient and inclusive customer experience for Chinese passengers.

SIX, in conjunction with Bovertis B.V., is responsible for equipping the shops at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands, Europe's third-largest airport, for Alipay acceptance. SIX and Bovertis B.V. are providing the very busy outlets at the airport with a cash register-integrated solution for Alipay acceptance. This enables merchants at Schiphol airport to meet the requirements of this steadily growing and affluent target group by offering their customary means of payments.

Tanja Dik, Director Consumer Products & Services at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: "We are delighted that we can now make Alipay available to our Chinese customers in our See Buy Fly Shopping Centre. It is really important for us that all passengers have a great customer experience at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. That includes having a straightforward check-out process and being able to pay in our shops by using a familiar mobile payment method.”

René Balvert, Founder and Chief Software Architect at Bovertis B.V.: "With more and more payment methods entering the market it is sometimes hard to advice customers which trend to follow. In the case of Alipay there was no doubt.  Both Alipay’s huge client base and her superior technology make it a must-have at international facilities like airports. Bovertis is always eager to support her customers with new technology and working with SIX and Alipay to get this done in record time was a real pleasure."

Roger Niederer, Head Merchant Services SIX Payment Services: "Alipay has over 520 million Chinese customers, of whom more than 10 million visited Europe in 2016. We at SIX want to provide our merchants with the simplest, fastest and most reliable check-out process. It is therefore a logical consequence for SIX to include Alipay in our acceptance portfolio and to make available to Chinese tourists their favourite, trusted payment solution, regardless of where they are."

Any questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact Jürg Schneider.

SIX Payment Services offers financial institutions and merchants secure, innovative services along the entire value chain of cashless payments. Our tailor-made solutions include settlement of domestic and international payments by credit, debit and prepaid card. One of Europe’s largest card transaction processors and market leader in Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, SIX Payment Services ensures that card-based payments in Switzerland and abroad are both accepted and processed.

With around 1,100 employees and 10 locations worldwide, SIX Payment Services supports clients in 33 different countries.

SIX operates the infrastructure underpinning the Swiss financial sector and offers a comprehensive range of services around the world in the fields of securities trading and settlement, financial information and payment transactions. The company is owned by its users (approximately 130 banks of various orientation and size). Its workforce of over 4,000 employees and presence in 25 countries throughout the world generated operating income of CHF 1.8 billion and a Group net profit of CHF 221.1 million in 2016.  

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed 68.5 million passengers and processed 1.75 million tonnes of cargo in 2017. A total of over 100 airlines offer direct flights from Schiphol to 326 destinations all over the globe. This makes Amsterdam Airport Schiphol one of the most important Mainports (and hubs) in Europe. Schiphol is also one of the two European home bases of Air France-KLM and the SkyTeam alliance. In addition, Schiphol is an important contributor to the regional economy, providing employment for around 65,000 people at the airport.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is part of Royal Schiphol Group, an operator of airports in the Netherlands and abroad. It is the ambition of Royal Schiphol Group to develop Schiphol as Europe’s Preferred Airport, the airport of preference of travellers, airlines en logistic service providers.

Bovertis is a Dutch software company specialized in international Airport & Travel Retail solutions. Based near Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, Bovertis has implemented her retail suite Resolut at many international airports and tourist attractions. Next to this standard product offering Bovertis is often asked to develop tailor made solutions for integrating online and offline sales channels in an optimal way. We do this by combining websites, mobile payment platforms, third party interfaces and traditional Point-of-Sales. Innovation, performance, stability and ease-of-use are key characteristics of all our software solutions.