9 May 2011
Low-cost airline Mango is to launch flights between Johannesburg’s Lanseria International Airport and Cape Town from 3 May onwards.
It will be the second low-cost carrier to operate flights out of Lanseria, situated north-west of Johannesburg, joining Kulula.com, which also has flights from there to Cape Town.
Initial frequency to Cape Town would see three flights daily on week days depart daily from in each direction.
Growth ‘is priority’
“Lanseria is the second route launch for Mango in the past year,” Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said in a statement last week. “Growth is a priority on our agenda following a successful post-launch period.”
The airline, which is owned by national flag-carrier South African Airways, launched flights between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein last year.
Bezuidenhout said he was optimistic about the airline’s new operation: “Demand has significantly increased across all routes, and the introduction of a second presence in Gauteng will further strengthen Mango’s value proposition,” he said.
“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.”
Lanseria Cape Town flights will be available through www.flymango.com and their call centre on 0861 162646. Edgars account card holders will also be able to book flights departing to and from Lanseria, and bookings will also be available through Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper Money Market Counters and travel agents.
The airline’s fifth next generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, owned by General Electric Capital Aviation Services, also came on line last week, increasing its fleet complement to five 737-800 aircraft.
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