Gol assures ease in WebJet integration

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Brazilian carrier Gol believes the integration of fellow low cost carrier WebJet should be far easier than folding Varig successor VRG into its operations after Gol's 2007 purchase of the carrier.

Gol has entered into memorandum of understanding to acquire WebJet, which will bolster Gol's domestic presence in Brazil by expanding its presence in the country's major airports.

Gol management has assured that WebJet's integration into its operations should be easier than the process to fold VRG into its business, which was "very complex", said Gol CEO Constantino de Oliveira Júnior during a 11 July discussion about the purchase.

Noting that VRG was operating under bankruptcy law, he stated from Gol's perspective it acted with a lot of precaution regarding the VRG integration.

Gol was obligated to start VRG-operated long-haul flights in the process, said de Oliveira Júnior, who added employees at VRG at the time of the acquisition were not receiving their salaries.

Shortly after Gol acquired VRG a crash at Congonhas airport triggered the Brazilian government to issue operating changes in a dramatically short period of time, said Gol's CEO, which created challenges in what the carrier expected to achieve with the VRG acquisition.

Highlighting Gol is acquiring a company with a motivated workforce operating under a low-cost concept he stressed: "In this case we can execute what we understand better for both companies. In my opinion it will be easier to integrate both companies."