Delta Air Lines has announced link ups with WestJet and GOL as it continues to build its network across the Americas.
The WestJet deal will begin immediately, with Delta passengers now offered the chance to connect at more than 25 gateways in Canada and the United States.
This agreement also allows WestJet and Delta customers to purchase connecting flights on one ticket, receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in, and tag bags through to their final destination.
“This news today demonstrates we continue to deliver on our strategic plan to establish partnerships with airlines from around the world,” said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet executive vice-president, strategy and planning.
“Delta is an established, worldwide airline, and this interline agreement will open yet another channel for guests from around the globe to connect to WestJet’s network.”
Seats are on sale immediately via most ticketing channels.
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In South America, Delta has singed a codeshare deal with GOL of Brazil, immediately adding 15 new destinations to its South American network.
Delta is now selling service on 56 GOL flights between Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and 15 other Brazilian destinations.
“Delta continues to grow its network in Latin America thanks to strong and visionary partners like GOL, allowing our customers to enjoy a seamless travel experience and an expanded network throughout Brazil,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Delta currently offers 31 non-stop weekly flights between the United States and Brazil, including service between Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia; between New York-JFK and Sao Paulo; and between Detroit and Sao Paulo.
Last year, the airlines announced the start of a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement that allows customers from Delta’s SkyMiles and GOL’s SMILES programs to earn and redeem miles for flights.
Delta’s growth strategy in the Latin America region is also enhanced by the intent to bring Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, as the second Latin American member of Delta’s SkyTeam global airline alliance, benefiting Delta customers with increased access to and from South America and complementing existing SkyTeam member Aeromexico.