Mango starts flying from Lanseria

Ray Maota

Mango has become the second budget
airline to offer flights to and from Cape
Town at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport.
(Image: Southafrica.to)

Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said
operations from Lanseria will further
cement the airline’s commitment to
making air travel more accessible and
affordable to South Africans.
(Image: Flickr)

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South African low-cost airline Mango has become the second budget operator to offer flights from Lanseria Airport, in northwest Johannesburg, to Cape Town.

Mango announced on 3 May 2011 that it will start operating flights to and from Cape Town from 1 June 2011.

Kulula.com became the first low-cost airline to operate out of Lanseria in March 2006 and held an exclusive rights deal with the airfield after its holding company, Comair, invested in infrastructure development there.

The Cape Town route from Lanseria is the second latest route to be introduced by Mango after it introduced the Johannesburg-Bloemfontein route in 2010.

Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango, said: “Demand has significantly increased across all routes and the introduction of a second presence in Gauteng will further strengthen Mango’s value proposition.

“We continue to offer the widest distribution and payment method network to our guests, and operations from Lanseria will further cement Mango’s commitment to its mandate of making air travel more accessible and affordable to South Africans.”

Mango, which holds the best domestic on-time record for the past three years, will operate three flights daily to and from Cape Town, except on Saturdays when two flights from both directions are available.

Bookings for flights opened on the day of the announcement and 15 000 seats on selected flights have been made available at a rate of R495 (US$73) for a one-way ticket between 3 May and 31 May for travel between June, July and August.

Flights can be booked on Mango’s website, through their call centre, or at Shoprite Checkers and Checkers Hyper Money Market Counters and travel agents. Edgars account card holders can use their cards to book and pay for flights as well.

Fellow low-cost airline 1time is expected to start flying from Lanseria later this year after infrastructure has been upgraded.

Mango, the Superbrand

Mango was awarded the world Superbrand status in November 2010 for strong market dominance, customer loyalty, brand longevity and goodwill.

Bezuidenhout said at the time: “The delivery of a brand promise is only as strong as the sum of the collective, and recognition is due to my colleagues who convey the company’s values to thousands of guests daily.”

The budget airline was launched on 30 October 2006 and its maiden flight was on 15 November of the same year, broadening affordable air-travel options in South Africa.

VIP airport

Lanseria has become known as the airport for the stars. It’s smaller and more private than the expansive OR Tambo International, and is therefore preferred by VIPs.

Former president Nelson Mandela arrived in Johannesburg via Lanseria after his release from prison in February 1990, while John Travolta, the world-renowned actor and experienced pilot, landed his Boeing 707 at Lanseria during the 2010 World Cup.

The airport was established in 1972 by two pilots from Pretoria, Fanie Haacke and Abe Sher. The first aircraft to land at the facility was a Learjet ZS-MTD on 16 August 1974.