Low fare Brazilian carrier Gol has signed a commercial agreement with regional carrier Passaredo to sell Passaredo tickets through all Gol sales channels.
Passaredo operates 103 flights to 20 destinations, and through the new agreement Gol plans to add the cities of Marilia, Ribeirao Preto, San Jose de Rio Preto, Barreriras, Vitoria de Conquista and Ji-Parana to its route network. Additionally, Gol through the arrangement with Passaredo plans to offer eight new direct flights from Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport to Porto Alegre, Goiania and Uberlandia.
Passaredo is based in Ribeirao Preto, and operates five Embraer EMB-120 turboprops and ten ERJ-145 regional jets.
ATI reported in August of this year that Passaredo plans to add seven additional ERJ-145s during the first half of 2011.
Gol rival TAM expanded its regional footprint in Brazil after it purchased regional carrier Pantanal in 2009. In August 2010 TAM opted to sublease two A320 family narrowbodies to Pantanal, which was an all ATR 42 operator, for six months to support a route expansion from six to 17 cities.