The company Gol, the second largest airline in Brazil, and the American American Airlines (AA) announced Tuesday that they will share flights to expand frequencies between South America and the United States, which will allow them to have the largest air market offer between these regions.
Although the endorsement of the regulatory entities of both countries is still lacking, the new “codeshare” (shared code) will allow Gol passengers to connect to more than 30 destinations in the United States and for those of Américan Airlines to reach 20 new seats in South America.
“This will strengthen Gol’s presence in international markets and accelerate our long-term growth,” said Brazilian airline president Paulo Kakinoff, quoted in a statement.
The Gol network flies to 88 destinations in Brazil and 16 international destinations, in addition to 149 places abroad through code-share agreements.
For the president of Américan Airlines, Robert, Isom, the agreement will strengthen the presence in Latin America, where the US company already has 170 daily flights.
Previously, Gol made flights shared with the American Delta, which in September bought 20% of the stake in Latam – its main rival in Brazil -, and terminated the agreement with the Brazilian company.
Gol carries more than 36 million passengers every year and offers more than 750 daily flights to more than 100 destinations in Brazil, South America, the Caribbean and the United States.
American Airlines serves more than 200 million customers every year and offers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries, from its centers in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC.
The partnership between Gol and American Airlines will facilitate the purchase of connected destinations of both airlines using a single reservation and a single ticket issuance, as well as check-in, boarding and verification of integrated luggage throughout the trip.
According to Gol, it will also include the miles program.