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Avianca Announces Codesharing with Gol
Colombian carrier Avianca has announced that it has reached a codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier Gol.
The agreement between the two carriers comes a few weeks after Avianca announced another codeshare agreement with another Brazilian carrier, Azul.
It is worth noting that the two new codeshare arrangements with Brazilian carriers will position Avianca to re-enter the Brazilian market after Avianca Brazil dissolved earlier this year.
Over the past few months, Avianca has been working to overhaul its current operations under a new chief executive, Anko van der Werff, as the airline hopes to return to profitability.
Van de Werff, who assumed the position just three months ago, has worked in various roles with KLM, Qatar Airways, and Aeromexico.
On top of returning the airline to profitability, the airline has also restructured its debt and has set a goal to optimize operations in Bogota, the airline’s hub and Colombia’s capital.
“Bogota is really well-positioned to connect North and South America, right in the middle and right down the center,” said van de Werff.
The new codeshare agreements will expand Avianca’s network to more than 60 new destinations in both Colombia and Brazil.
“It’s something we have been working on for quite a while,” said van der Werff at the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. “This is fantastic news, especially for consumers, to connect three strong economies in South America – Colombia, Peru and Brazil.”
Focus on international markets complements Avianca’s new strategy as the carrier aims to focus on more international routes through Bogota, adding flights to Paraguay and resuming flights Uruguay.
Avianca is also in the process of a joint venture with fellow Star Alliance carriers United and Copa although according to van de Werff, it is taking longer than expected.
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