Australians benefit through single ticketing.
South African Airways (SAA) has announced a new codeshare agreement with Brazil-based TAM Airlines.
The alliance reinforces the airline’s growing traffic between Australia, Africa and South America.
“Out of Australia we have seen excellent patronage and growth on the route among business and recreational travellers, particularly out of Perth,” SAA country manager Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith said.
SAA currently operates 11 flights per week between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo.
The new agreement will provide direct through-connections to Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasília, Salvador, Florianopolis, Iguaçu Falls, Recife and Belo Horizonte.
Flights on routes operated by TAM will carry the ‘SA’ code and likewise, TAM’s ‘JJ’ code will be on flights operated by SAA between Sao Paulo and Johannesburg and onto the main centres of Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.
“It’s all about providing convenient connections for our customers to those destinations they want to reach using one ticket and on one trip,” Mr Clyde-Smith said.
Both airline’s loyalty members will earn points on both carrier, through the codeshare agreement.