October 10, 2008

GOL Receives Approval to Implement New Integrated Route Network

Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has received approval from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency to implement its new integrated route network. The new timetable will be effective beginning October 19, 2008.

The new network compliments the airline's unified structure by eliminating overlapping routes and schedules between GOL and Varig.

The new network will also improve flight occupancy levels by allowing the company to increase offerings in markets where it has consolidated operations while also allowing for new connections between previously unlinked cities.

Under the new route network, GOL will operate the domestic flights and short-haul flights to Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Rosario, Montevideo, Lima, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Santiago. Varig will operate medium-haul international flights to Bogota, Caracas and Santiago.

Wilson Ramos, vice-president of planning and IT at GOL, said: "These network changes, implemented to optimize operations and increase customer options, position GOL as the airline company with the most extensive and convenient timetable in South America. We now offer approximately 800 daily flights to 49 destinations in Brazil and ten important international destinations in South America."