Delta Air Lines and LATAM have received final approval, without conditions, for their joint venture by the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense. Initial approval had bee n granted in September 2020.
The JVA seeks to enhance the route networks served by both airlines. The Delta-LATAM agreement has also been approved in Uruguay while the application process continues in other countries, including Chile.
“This final approval in Brazil furthers our mission to provide customers in this important market with the world-class travel experience and options they deserve,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Moving forward, we will continue working with LATAM to unlock more benefits for our customers and create the premier airline alliance of the Americas.”
“This ruling reinforces the benefits of this type of agreement for travelers and enables us to advance in our commitment to delivering greater and better connectivity between South America and the world,” said LATAM Airlines Group CEO Roberto Alvo.
Code-share agreements between Delta and certain subsidiaries of the LATAM group will allow the purchase of tickets to a larger network of destinations. Members of the Delta SkyMiles and LATAM Pass programs can redeem points / miles on both airlines, accessing more than 435 destinations around the world.
The agreement will also ensure shared terminals and faster connections at Terminal 4 of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and at Terminal 3 of São Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport. Customers will be able to access 35 Delta Sky Club lounges in the United States and five LATAM VIP lounges in South America.
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