Iberia and GOL signed (20-Oct-2009) a codeshare agreement that will "enable the Spanish airline to increase significantly its offer in Brazil". Currently, Iberia operates twice daily between Madrid and Sao Paulo and offers a daily Madrid-Rio de Janeiro service. Under the codeshare agreement, Iberia can add its code to GOL services from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to 13 Brazilian destinations: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiania, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador de Bahia and Vitoria. The carriers are also evaluating the possibility of a reciprocal frequent flyer programme. [more]
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