Posted on: 21 December 2010 by Ross McSweeny
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has signed a commercial agreement to sell, in all its sales channels, tickets of regional carrier Passaredo Linhas Aéreas.
Passaredo currently operates 103 flights to 20 destinations in Brazil. As a result of the agreement, GOL will add the cities of Marília, Ribeirão Preto, São José de Rio Preto (São Paulo), Barreiras, Vitória da Conquista (Bahia) and Ji-Paraná (Rondônia) to its route network. GOL, operating through Passaredo, also offers eight new direct flights, including Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul) to Goiânia (Goiás) and Uberlândia (Minas Gerais) to Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont Airport).
GOL passengers connecting with Passaredo flights will only need to check-in once and their baggage will go directly to the final destination.
Based in Ribeirão Preto, Passaredo Linhas Aéreas began operations in 1995. Its fleet currently comprises 15 aircraft – five Embraer EMB 120s and 10 Embraer ERJ 145s. By July 2011, however, it will be operating 23 aircraft, with the addition of eight already contracted ERJ 145s.
“This is a strategic agreement for GOL because Passaredo is a well-known regional airline which will add important destinations to our route network, improving our penetration and offering our passengers new direct flight options”, declared Cláudia Pagnano, GOL’s market vice-president. The agreement, however, does not include the accumulation of SMILES mileage on Passaredo flights.