American Airlines announced today that it is entering into a new reciprocal codeshare agreement with GOL, Brazil’s largest airline, providing travelers with new destination offerings across South America.
“We have a long and rich history in South America, and this new relationship with GOL further enhances our presence in the region,” said Vasu Raja, senior vice president of network strategy, for American Airlines.
“Our customers will continue to have access to places they’ve always loved to travel to on American, like Rio, Sao Paulo and Brasilia, and will gain access to new destinations on their wish list. We’ll continue to evaluate our network and seek strategic partnerships that benefit our customers and enhance our network.”
American Airlines will also increase its service from Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), with a second daily flight operating during the peak winter season until Mar. 28. In addition, the airline will add 12 flights from six U.S. cities.
Pending government approval, American Airlines’ and GOL’s new codeshare will allow customers to connect seamlessly to 53 GOL flights beyond Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Sao Paulo (GRU), Brasilia (BSB), Manaus (MAO) and Fortaleza (FOR).
“As two of the leading airlines in Brazil and the U.S., GOL and American Airlines will offer the best experience for customers on the largest number of flights and destinations in the Americas”, said Paulo Kakinoff, CEO of GOL. “This will strengthen GOL’s presence in international markets and accelerate our long-term growth.”
These new flights will be operated daily on mainline aircraft, with optimal flight times for connections to Latin America and the Caribbean from Miami.
“As the hometown airline in Miami, we look forward to welcoming more business and leisure customers to sunny South Florida or to connect them to places like Montevideo, where we’re the only airline in the market,” Raja said. “We will continue to meet growing demand in Latin America with strategic partnerships and more service.”