CellPoint Mobile’s Velocity payment platform will also support ticket pre-sales and hosted payment pages for the Dominican Republic-based startup airline.
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – CellPoint Mobile, a leading provider of technology solutions for the worldwide airline and passenger transportation sectors, announced today that it will provide payment processing capabilities for AVA Airways.
Velocity, CellPoint Mobile's PCI-DSS compliant payment platform, will allow AVA Airways to accept card-based payments for fares, ticket pre-sales, and ancillary purchases. As a converged payment gateway, Velocity connects with AVA Airways' existing passenger services system (PSS), and provides the startup regional carrier with optimized hosted payment pages integrated seamlessly into the booking flow.
"We're looking forward to providing AVA Airways with the payment platform they need to thrive," said James Schildknecht, Business Development Manager at CellPoint Mobile. "We look forward to growing with AVA as they expand capacity in a dynamic Caribbean airline market."
With CellPoint Mobile's Velocity platform in place, AVA Airways will be able to swiftly ramp up debit and credit card-based transactions, including the ability to take payment for ticket pre-sales ahead of the airline's official launch plan for late 2018. And with hosted payment pages optimized for both desktop/laptop and mobile device form factors, Velocity will help AVA support mobile bookings that are crucial to the LATAM and Caribbean markets.
By 2020, the LATAM and Caribbean region will have a mobile adoption rate of 71%, ahead of the global average of 66%. There will be an additional 171 million new smartphone users across the region by the end of the decade. These statistics indicate that meeting passenger expectations for mobile booking and payments is an imperative for any airline competing in this space. CellPoint Mobile gives AVA Airways this capability.
"With their mobile-first approach to payments, CellPoint Mobile is an ideal partner for us as we grow within the region," says Olivier Arrindell, CEO of Ava Airways, "We expect this partnership will boost our revenues in the digital and mobile channels as we move into our pre-sale phase."
AVA Airways is based in the Dominican Republic and will offer service to several countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, North America and Europe. AVA is expected to begin flying its first routes in late 2018.
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