GOL Won’t Resume International Flights Until March 2021

The Brazilian airline GOL won’t resume its international scheduled flights until March 2021, it recently announced. This low-cost carrier has drastically improved its domestic capacity, leading the number of passengers in Brazil at the moment, over LATAM and Azul. Nevertheless, it still has to reopen its many routes across Latin America. Let’s investigate further.

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GOL will resume its international flights in March 2021. Photo: Getty Images.

GOL’s international route map

Before the pandemic, GOL flew to 11 countries in Latin America. According to Flight Connections, it had 14 international destinations. It flew to:

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza, and Rosario
  • Bolivia: Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • Chile: Santiago de Chile
  • Dominican Republic: Punta Cana
  • Mexico: Cancun
  • Paraguay: Asunción
  • Peru: Lima
  • Suriname: Paramaribo
  • United States: Miami and Orlando
  • Uruguay: Montevideo

GOL didn’t have the largest international market because its business model is more focused on the domestic side. Plus, having only a Boeing 737 fleet causes many range restrictions. While it can fly to every country in South America and even some destinations in the US and Mexico, GOL can’t connect to transoceanic destinations as Azul and LATAM do.

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Before the pandemic, GOL served 14 international destinations. Photo: Getty Images.

What do we know about the new flights?

According to Melhores Destinos, GOL will relaunch its international connectivity on 28 March 2021. Then, between that date and 3 July, it will reopen several international routes. This is how it will work:

  • 28 March: Sao Paulo-Montevideo; Brasilia-Miami; Sao Paulo-Santiago; Sao Paulo-Buenos Aires; Brasilia-Orlando; Sao Paulo-Asunción, and Sao Paulo-Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • 29 March: Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires
  • 3 April: Sao Paulo-Punta Cana
  • 1 May: Sao Paulo-Lima
  • 27 June: Natal-Buenos Aires; Brasilia-Buenos Aires; Brasilia-Cancún; Sao Paulo-Mendoza; Fortaleza-Miami, and Belém-Paramaribo
  • 28 June: Rio de Janeiro-Córdoba; Rio de Janeiro-Rosario; Florianopolis-Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro-Santiago
  • 3 July: Recife-Montevideo; Recife-Santiago; Recife-Buenos Aires; Salvador-Buenos Aires; Fortaleza-Buenos Aires; Joao Pessoa-Buenos Aires, Maceió-Buenos Aires, and Manaus-Orlando.
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In the last few months, GOL launched a new codeshare agreement with Ethiopian and expanded another one with Avianca. Photo: Getty Images.

GOL’s recent developments

Last week, GOL announced an expanded codeshare agreement with fellow South American carrier Avianca. In a statement seen by Simple Flying, GOL said,

“With Avianca Holdings, GOL expands the possibilities of connection in Central and South America and thus expands services to business and leisure passengers.” 

The expanded codeshare agreement includes 20 destinations in Colombia and 50 in Brazil.

Similarly, GOL also launched a new codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. This agreement allows the Brazilian low-cost to sell tickets to regions it can’t fly like Africa and the Middle East.

For example, Randall Saenz Aguero, Alliance Director at GOL, said,

“With GOL, as the airline leader in Brazil, and Ethiopian together, we can increase South America and Africa’s connectivity. We are increasing the offer to our corporate and leisure clients, taking into account both companies’ destinations.” 

Currently, GOL has 14 active codeshare agreements with the following airlines: Air France, KLM, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Air Canada, TAP, Emirates, Qatar, Air Europa, American Airlines, Alitalia and Ethiopian Airlines.

Finally, in the third quarter of 2020, GOL posted a net loss of US$300 million. The operating revenues of the company fell by 73.7% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A t the end of the quarter, GOL served 122 domestic routes, operating 75% of what it had last year.

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