Hangzhou International Airport plans to become the world's first "cashless" airport by applying cutting-edge digital technologies to its services and will use AI to make security checks faster, Shanghai-based news portal thepaper.cn reported last Friday.
According to thepaper.cn's report, the airport will cooperate with Internet firms, such as Alipay, to allow travelers to make cashless payments for services including accommodation, flights and car rentals.
The airport will also work with service providers to combine cloud computing and big data so it can offer passengers door-to-door services.
The airport will also introduce artificial intelligence and image recognition technologies into security checks so as to increase the safety and efficiency of the process as well as reduce passenger wait times, according to the report.
Online payment already has a particularly high level of penetration in Hangzhou, which is home to tech giant Alibaba Group Holding, which pioneered China's most popular online payment tool, Alipay.
Separately, Alibaba's financial affiliate Ant Financial announced plans to spend 3 billion yuan ($435 million) each year for the next two years to create a cashless society in partnership with merchants and service providers。