South Africa’s Mango cancels all flights today (April 28)

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  • AMcWhirter
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    A tweet by Mango alerted me to this development.

    This budget airline faces financial issues.

    Just in: Mango Airlines SUSPENDS ALL FLIGHTS on Wednesday


    cwoodward
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    According to Bloomberg (below) it seems that the immediate problems re airport fees has been sorted out short term with a part payment and Mango is back in the air and flying to schedule.
    Of course being a government owned airline I suspect that they could fold at any time

    ttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-28/mango-of-south-africa-halts-flights-after-missing-paymentsh

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    SimonS1
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    There was a suggestion a while back that Safair may be interested in acquiring the business. With the parent company SAA effectively gone, and Nico Bezuidenhout moved to Aurigny that would surely be the best strategic option?


    cwoodward
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    I don’t believe that the ANC have a great reputation in business matters as constructive strategic thinkers. More of an opportunistic self enrichment mind-set perhaps ?

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    LuganoPirate
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    It seems Mango still aren’t flying and I fear they won’t come back. Safair always offered a much better service, for example 23kgs of checked baggage which fits better for those flying on with long haul airlines. Unless on a through ticket, you’d always see people at JNB taking 3 kgs out of their checked baggage and putting it into their hand baggage when flying Kulula or Mango. Safair also offered the chance to pay to block the middle seat and a few other enhancements over the other carriers – hence their success.

    LIFT has quite a clever business model. They lease their aircraft on a per flight basis, though outside of the big tourist season their service is quite patchy.

    The problem is South Africa needs those overseas tourists to fill their aircraft, B&B’s and hotels. People are worried by the so called South African variant of COVID but i’ve been here now for 7 months and life is pretty normal, unlike in Switzerland and certainly, from what i read, till now, the UK.

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