GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, the largest low-cost carrier in Latin America, has entered into a commercial agreement with Brazilian regional airline NOAR Linhas Aéreas to sell NOAR’s tickets in all its sales channels.
NOAR operates flights from Monday through Friday between Recife and Caruaru; Recife and Aracaju, with a stop in Maceio; and Recife and Natal, with a stop in João Pessoa. The airline also operates weekend flights between Recife and Aracaju with stops in Maceio. NOAR has also applied to operate scheduled services between Natal and Mossoró.
As a result of its sales agreement with NOAR, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes will be able to add Caruaru to its route network and its sales channels will offer new direct flights between destinations in Northeastern Brazil. GOL passengers connecting with NOAR flights will only need to check in once and their luggage will go directly to their final destinations.
Based at Recife’s Gilberto Freyre International Airport (IATA code REC, also known as Guararapes), NOAR Linhas Aéreas was founded in July 2009 and began operations on June 14, 2010, with the aim of providing flights between the state capitals of Northeastern Brazil and the large urban centers in the interior of the region.
The carrier operates two L-410 Turbolets, twin-engine turboprop aircraft made by Czech manufacturer LET which carry up to 19 passengers and (according to GOL) offer substantially lower short-haul operating costs than other aircraft in their category.
“This is a strategic agreement for GOL, since it expands the regional penetration of its route network,” says Claudia Pagnano, GOL’s market vice-president. “To begin with, we are offering our customers flights to Caruaru, the most populous city in the interior of Pernambuco state.”
The routes included will be available in all of GOL’s sales channels, and tickets can be purchased up to two days prior to the flight date. The agreement does not include the accumulation of mileage points in GOL’s SMILES frequent-flyer program on NOAR flights.