South African Airways (SAA) and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to increase access to destinations in both countries for both leisure and business travellers.
This codeshare agreement aims to make it easier for tourists and business travellers to travel between the two countries and have greater access to different destinations/
Destinations in Brazil that will be accessible through the agreement to South African passengers include Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasilia, Salavador, Florianopolis, Iguacu Falls, Recife and Belo Horizonte.
Brazilian passengers flying to South Africa will have access to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.
“Alliances and partnerships of this nature form a crucial part of modern airline management, which is about providing convenient connection for customers to as many destinations as possible without necessarily using your own resources,” SAA’s commercial acting general manager, Manoj Papa, said in a statement.
“This codeshare operation is vital in that customers travelling to and from various parts of Africa, South America and countries in the east are able to use SAA’s Johannesburg hub as a convenient connection point to various parts of the world,” Papa said.
Members of SAA’s loyalty programme, Voyager, will continue to earn miles and obtain tier status when travelling on TAM flights, and members of the TAM Fidelidade programme will also continue to earn and redeem points when they travel on SAA flights.
“We are seeking partnerships like this to offer our customers flights to all over the world,” said LATAM Airlines Group senior vice president of strategic alliances, Soledad Berrios.
“Together with South African Airways we will make travelling between Brazil and South Africa easier, and the countries will be the gateways of the South American and African continents.”
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