Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Mexican airline AeroMexico have signed a codeshare agreement.
The companies say they are also evaluating the possibility of linking their frequent flyer programs, GOL’s SMILES and Aeromexico’s Club Premier.
Under the codeshare agreement, AeroMexico will add its ‘AM’ two-character IATA flight code to GOL’s flights from Sao Paulo to six Brazilian destinations: Rio de Janeiro Galeao and Santos Dumont airports, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasilia and Salvador.
The Mexican company will be able to offer its customer more flight connection options throughout Brazil, while for GOL ― which claims to be the largest low-cost carrier in Latin America ― the new agreement represents an additional sales channel, increasing the Brazilian carrier’s passenger traffic and load factor.
Headquartered in Mexico City, Aeromexico is the only company that offers daily flights between Sao Paulo (Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos) and Mexico City, operating Boeing 777s. AeroMexico Group, with its regional subsidiaries, operates 600 daily flights and carried more than 10 million passengers in 2008.
GOL will submit the contract to Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC), the Brazilian aviation authority, and to Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica (CADE), the country’s antitrust counsel, for their evaluation before implementing the agreement.