British Airways has added Apple Pay to its iPhone app, allowing customers to store payment card details and pay for flights “with just the swipe of the finger”.

The payment option is available for purchases made using UK billed cards, for British Airways flights departing UK airports, although BA intends to roll it out to include customers departing other airports flying to the UK “over the coming months”.

The carrier has also added a new upgrade offers feature to its app for both Apple and Android users, enabling customers to take advantage of promotional upgrade offers directly through their smartphone.

Commenting on the news Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing and direct, said:

“Adding Apple Pay to the British Airways app means more than ever customers can take control of their booking and travel experience.

“Apple Pay gives customers the simplicity and flexibility to pay how they want with absolute peace of mind and it also puts Apple and Android smartphone users in the best position possible to take advantage of any promotional upgrade offers.

“These new features are proof of our continuing investment to innovate in digital and online to make the British Airways app, and, the best mobile booking tools for our customers on the go.”

Recent additions to the British Airways app include the ability to view up to eight boarding passes on one phone, providing they passengers are travelling together under one booking reference.

BA is also in the process of beta testing new technology on its website, “to deliver an even smoother and simpler booking experience, and make it seamless to use whether on a computer, tablet or smartphone”.