Mango has announced that it will be increasing its flight frequency between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth from October this year. The new schedule, which will be published next week, will see the carrier increase flights between the cities by 55 per cent with the addition of return sectors on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Mango commenced air services to Port Elizabeth in December 2012.
“Our Johannesburg Port Elizabeth route has proven very successful during its first 16 months of operation,” said chief executive officer, Nico Bezuidenhout. Load factors have never dipped below 80 per cent and demand has continued to grow. “The Eastern Cape is a growth area for the business and Mango has been well received by the community, which we appreciate.” The additional frequencies will service demand identified after a period of research and Mr Bezuidenhout expects that the new schedule will continue to stimulate demand.
Last year Mango further invested into the Garden Route with its current four weekly frequencies between Johannesburg and George. “Our youngest route has also been performing well with positive growth fuelling our enthusiasm of the area.” Mr Bezuidenhout believes that Mango’s price competitive fares as well as its wide variety of payment methods adds to its attractive value proposition. “Mango is the only airline in the world where store charge cards can purchase flights (Edgars, Jet) and our recent addition of accepting Voyager Miles as currency online has made it even easier to fly with us.” Voyager Miles may be used in full or combined with other payment methods to purchase flights.