TAM (NYSE:TAM) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:Bovespa: TAMM4) and LAN Argentina are expanding the flight codeshare agreement signed between the companies to offer more convenience and comfort for passengers who wish to travel between Brazil and Argentina.
The partnership now allows TAM to use its own code to sell flights operated by LAN Argentina to the cities of Bariloche, Comodoro Rivadavia, Cordoba, Mendoza, Rio Gallegos, Salta and Ushuaia. For its part, LAN Argentina has the rights to sell TAM flights departing from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to different Brazilian destinations. The agreement goes into effect for flights beginning on January 4, 2010, but passengers can already buy tickets issued through both companies’ reservation systems.
In addition to the destinations mentioned, TAM and LAN Argentina hold a codeshare agreement for flights between Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) and Buenos Aires (Ezeiza). The partnership enables passengers to benefit from a simplification of flight reservations, convenient connections and a single airline ticket and baggage check until the final destination.
“The expansion of the codeshare agreement with LAN Argentina reinforces the services synergy that we are developing with the LAN Group in South America. We hope that this new stage for our partnership further encourages passenger flow within the continent,” states TAM’s Vice President of Commerce and Planning, Paulo Castello Branco.
The operation of flights with compartmentalized code is part of the agreement signed in 2007 between TAM and LAN Airlines, LAN Peru and LAN Argentina, with the objective of developing partnerships along the routes operated by companies within South America.