August 1, 2008

TAM and TAP Portugal to Expand Codeshare Agreement

Brazilian airline TAM and TAP Portugal, the Portuguese flag carrier, are expanding their codeshare agreement to offer daily flights between Portugal and Argentina through Brazil.

The expanded partnership allows TAP to sell, with its own code, the flights operated by TAM to Buenos Aires, Argentina, via the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

With the commencement of this expanded partnership, passengers can check-in and send their luggage just once in the Portuguese cities of Lisbon or Porto and have access to quick connections in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, continuing to Buenos Aires.

The partnership agreement, in effect since September 2007, also extends to the TAM Loyalty and TAP Victoria programs, as well as including the entire services network made available by the two airlines, creating multiple options for accumulating or exchanging points or miles.

Paulo Branco, vice president of planning and alliances at TAM, said: "Broadening the agreement between TAM and TAP will be more convenient for passengers traveling between Portugal and Argentina. We hope to extend this new phase of the partnership to other South American destinations."