ALTA: Insel Air and Surinam launch codeshare

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Insel Air and Surinam Airways have launched a new codeshare in the southern Caribbean.

The carriers will codeshare to 20 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as on services to Miami.

"The agreement is an important step forward for Insel Air," says Albert Kluyver, chief executive of the airline, in a statement.

The agreement was implemented earlier in November and signed in July, says Ewald Henshuys, director and chief executive of Surinam, on the sidelines of the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2012 in Panama City.

In addition to the codeshare, Surinam recently signed interline agreements with China Southern Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

"Surinam and Insel Air are way ahead of the Caribbean," says Henshuys on airline cooperation in the region. "Joint cooperation is not something that is happening in the Caribbean."

Whether or not other carriers in the region are willing to partner commercially, he says that it would be good if they could cooperate on behind the scenes issues including safety and security.

"Safety and security costs everyone a lot of money," says Henshuys, adding that a lot could be accomplished if Caribbean airlines shared information on these issues.