Online payment platform WeChat Pay now available at Changi Airport

A WeChat Pay sign (left) on display at a shop in Singapore, on May 22, 2018.
A WeChat Pay sign (left) on display at a shop in Singapore, on May 22, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Travellers will now be able to use WeChat Pay while shopping and dining at Changi Airport, making the Singapore airport the first in South-east Asia to accept WeChat Pay airport-wide.

This comes after Changi Airport Group (CAG) and WeChat Pay announced on Thursday (July 12) that they have inked a three-year marketing partnership for joint shopping promotions.

More than 150 outlets at Changi Airport, including its duty free, luxury retail shops and online store iShopChangi, will accept WeChat Pay - the online payment platform on popular Chinese messaging app WeChat - as a mode of payment.

The payment platform will be rolled out to most of the airport's merchants and brands by the end of this year.

In a statement, CAG said that this partnership will allow Changi Airport to better serve its passengers by offering targeted and attractive promotions for WeChat Pay users. Chinese passengers accounted for about a third of Changi Airport's total sales last year.

"This will provide an additional payment platform for our Chinese passengers, and will allow them to shop and dine with added convenience. Through this partnership, we will also be able to send targeted marketing messages to WeChat users. We will continue to explore other ways to offer customised services for our passengers, to ensure they have an unparalleled Changi Experience when travelling through Changi Airport," said Mr Edwin Lim, general manager of CAG's advertising, marketing and promotions unit.

Ms Grace Yin, operations director of WeChat Pay, said: "Singapore is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and Changi Airport is the transportation hub of Singapore. Through this collaboration, WeChat Pay will provide a more convenient shopping experience to Chinese tourists in Changi Airport. We hope the collaboration will also provide fresh options and new perspectives to Changi Airport's retail operations."