South African Airways’ low cost carrier Mango is expanding its flights into Lanseria, an airport midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa. Mango will launch Durban-Lanseria on 15 October and will add a new early morning flight from Lanseria to Cape Town as well.
Flights to Durban King Shaka International Airport will operate twice daily using Boeing 737 aircraft, while Cape Town will receive its fourth daily frequency. In June Mango celebrated five years operating Cape Town-Lanseria and has carried more than two million passengers on the route.
“Mango is geared for further growth,” says Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser. “While trading conditions remain tough and some competitors have had to adopt a flexible schedule as a consequence, our average load factors have shown that there remains opportunity for business development, in particular our expansion out of Lanseria.”
During the past six months Mango has maintained an average 82% load factor across its network, carrying more than 220,000 passengers each month. Mango said it is “in talks to expand our existing network,” including new schedules and flights between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg-Durban and the airline “may launch” flights between Johannesburg and George.
Editor’s Note: World Routes will occur in Durban, South Africa During 19-21 September. Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout will be one of the speakers.