MIAMI — Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aereas and Emirates have announced today a new codeshare and frequent flyer program partnership.
The company says the partnership is expected to come into effect in late October or early November, subject to the approval from the ANAC – Brazilian Federal Aviation Agency.
According to a press release, the new codeshare partnership will allow customers to connect flights on both airlines under a single reservation, as well as seamless ticketing, check-in, baggage check and boarding throughout the journey.
“GOL’s extensive route network in Latin America combined with the choice and convenience of offering customers approximately 800 flights per day, perfectly complements our 14 weekly flights to and from Brazil that connect to our global network,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West.
The codeshare agreement will be in place for flights originating from and to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Brasilia.
“We have invested in a partnership that provides ever-increasing benefits to our customers. The expansion of the partnership with Emirates is precisely this, and it will also strengthen our presence in international markets,” said Ciro Camargo, head of alliances at GOL.
The company is the largest low-cost airline in South America and the second largest Brazilian airline company by market share and fleet size, after LATAM Brasil. Last year GOL had 35.9% of the domestic and 13.6% of the international market shares in terms of passengers per kilometer flown, making it the second largest airline in Brazil, after LATAM Brasil.