Contopronto to develop mobile airline ticket service

6 Jan 2004

Norwegian electronic banking specialist Contopronto has revealed that it is in talks with one of the country’s largest airlines, Norwegian, over the development of a service which will enable customers to buy airline tickets via their mobile phones. Norwegian, which like the rest of the aviation industry has operated under something of a cloud in recent times (no pun intended), is keen to enter the mobile payment arena in an effort to lower costs and improve its ability to fill vacant seats right up to the moment of departure. Contopronto holds a pan-European e-banking licence and has said it is in similar talks with a number of UK airlines. However, as things stands Contopronto’s mobile payment platform only accepts incoming SMS commands from mobile phones registered in Norway. It is planning to expand to several European countries in the short term.