Central American carrier Taca Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Chile's Sky Airline, with a similar agreement slated to be signed between Sky and Avianca in the first quarter of 2012.
"This codeshare agreement between Taca Airlines and Sky Airline is an important step in meeting our stated service goals. Thanks to this new agreement the airlines [will] expand their route networks, offering passengers more choice in the Southern Cone countries," said Avianca-Taca CEO Fabio Villegas Ramirez.
The codeshare agreement, which took effect on 24 October, will increase the number of domestic destinations in Chile available to Taca customers, and within Peru for Sky passengers, said the two carriers.
Taca has placed its code on Sky's domestic flights to Iquique, Calama, Antofagasta, Copiapó, Concepción, Temuco, Puerto Montt, Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, as well as on international flights on the Santiago-Lima and Santiago-Antofagasta-Lima routes.
In return, Sky passengers will be able to fly to four domestic Taca destinations in Peru via Lima: Trujillo, Juliaca, Cusco and Tarapoto. The agreement also covers Taca's Lima-Santiago flights.
Under a planned codeshare agreement between Avianca and Sky to be signed next year, Sky passengers will be given access to Avianca's Colombian network and its flights between Santiago and Bogota. Passengers flying on Avianca's flights between Bogota and Chile will be able to transfer to Sky's domestic destinations in Chile.
The Avianca-Sky deal is subject to government approvals in Chile and Colombia.