Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Spanish airline Iberia have signed a code-share agreement.
The companies say they are also evaluating the possibility of linking their frequent flyer programs, GOL’s SMILES and Iberia’s Plus.
Under the code-share agreement, Iberia can add its ‘IB’ IATA code to GOL flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to 13 Brazilian destinations: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguacu, Goiania, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador and Vitoria.
For Iberia, the codeshare agreement means its passengers will benefit from more flight connection options throughout Brazil. GOL says the agreement provides it with an additional sales channel, increasing the Brazilian carrier’s passenger traffic.
Headquartered in Madrid, Iberia offers two direct daily flights between Spain’s capital and Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport as well as one direct daily flight to Rio de Janeiro Galeao Airport, operating Airbus A340-600s and A340-300s.
Iberia is Spain’s largest airline and the fourth-largest in Europe. It is also the leading airline on Europe-Latin America routes, offering more flight options and destinations than any other airline.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes says it is the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offering around 800 daily flights to 49 destinations and connecting all the important cities in Brazil and 10 major destinations in South America and the Caribbean. The company operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.