The Shanghai Airport Authority signed a deal with Tencent on June 19 to develop a new WeChat check-in service. The service will allow airline passengers to check-in their luggage, access information on their flights and buy insurance for delays through the popular app.
Wu Yi, a manager with Tencent’s payment department, said that passengers will be able to check detailed flight info as well as weather conditions at the airport in several languages.
The check-in service is part of a wide range of new functions on WeChat aimed at making the app more convenient for daily life. As we’d previously reported, users in Shanghai will be able to navigate restaurants, pay pills, rent out library books and more with its new “City Service Tab”.
Tencent is now working on building a real-time online map equipped with satellite imagery, toutia.com reports.
Li De Run, Chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority, said that the ultimate goal of the partnership with Tencent is to transform Shanghai International Airport into the world’s first “smart airport”.
By Crystal Lau