Panama, September 24, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) is pleased to welcome GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes as a new member of its growing group of airlines.
GOL is the largest airline in Brazil with more than 33 million passengers carried per year and a leader in the corporate and leisure segment. Currently, it operates more than 750 daily flights to 76 destinations is Brazil, South America, the Caribbean and the United States with a fleet of 127 Boeing 737 aircraft.
The company maintains strategic alliances with Delta Airlines, Air France and KLM, also makes available to passengers 13 codeshare and 80 interline agreements, generating more convenience and ease of connections for any destination served by these alliances. The company also maintains alliances with regional companies such as TwoFlex and Passaredo to expand the flights offer in the country.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Executive Director and CEO of ALTA, comments: “We are very delighted to receive GOL in our extraordinary group of member airlines. GOL is a leader in the country and makes important connections from Brazil to Latin America and the Caribbean, which makes it an important partner for the Latin American market. Having GOL participating in ALTA reflects the work that the team has been doing so that the association achieves greater relevance in the countries where we operate, more relevance in our actions and we continue generating benefits for our members and people served. Working hand in hand with GOL will allow us to develop new and more projects with the objective of increasing the connectivity and competitiveness of the region and contributing to the economic and social growth of the region from the industry development”.
Since its creation, in 2001, GOL democratized access to air transport in the country and has maintained a solid and permanent growth rate. In addition to be a leader in Brazil, the company maintains the largest offer of flights connecting Brazil and Argentina and has strengthened its international performance in recent years. As an expansion in this market, GOL launched direct flights from Fortaleza and Brasilia to Miami and Orlando in the United States at the end of last year and a new destination: Quito, Ecuador with non-stop departures from São Paulo. Recently, the only direct route from Brazil to Cancun was launched with departures from the Brasilia international airport and it was also launched the route from Recife to Santiago in Chile, being the only airline to directly connect the Northeast region with the Chilean capital. In this second semester, starting from December 12, will take off flights to Lima, Peru with daily departures from São Paulo.
“We have a high expectation on partnering with ALTA and, in this way, contribute even more to the development of aviation in the different regions of the Latin American market. We have today a wide capillarity with our own operations and with allies, combined with the best offer of products and services for our customers. We always seek to offer solutions that bring even more advantages, streamline processes, optimize time and promote more comfort, such as more ergonomic, spacious and comfortable seats, exclusivity in the offer of high-speed internet throughout the flight for all destinations in the country and abroad, individual USB ports in all seats and VIP GOL Premium Lounge rooms in domestic and international terminals in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro”, says Paulo Kakinoff, President of GOL.
“ALTA was a long time away from Brazil, the largest commercial aviation market in the region with more than 117 million passengers in the country in 2018. However, in recent years we have redoubled our efforts to return to this country and contribute our strengths to the remarkable work of local aviation stakeholders. We are convinced that more good news will come for aviation in Brazil. Having GOL in ALTA is a great pride for the association”, says Oliveira.
ALTA has more than 100 members among airlines, organizations and suppliers of the aviation industry.