American Airlines and Brazil’s largest airline, GOL, announced a new codeshare agreement that will allow customers to travel to 20 new destinations in South America. In addition, American also plans to increase service from Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) with a second daily flight and 12 additional flights to MIA from six U.S. cities: Nashville, Boston, Houston, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham and Tampa.
The expansion in Miami and Latin America includes service operated by GOL throughout Brazil including flights to Asuncion and Paraguay. Travelers will be able to use and earn frequent flyer points with both airlines.
“We are proud of our strong presence in Latin America, which includes 170 daily flights to the region, Admirals Club lounges and dedicated Premium Guest Services teams in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom.
The new South American destinations not currently served by American include Curitiba, Brazil (CWB), Asuncion, Paraguay (ASU) and Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (IGU).
“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. “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.”