Mango cuts airfares. SAA, Kulula unlikely to follow suit

(Click here to also read “SAA CEO discusses the airline’s huge operating loss and how Treasury will assist”)

Mango Airlines said on Monday it would immediately cut fares on all its routes. This comes a week after newbie FlySafair announced it is doing the same.

“One-way tickets between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth now start at R395,” says Communication Manager at Mango Hein Kaiser. “That represents a price cut of between 15 and 30 percent. You can expect similar reductions on our other routes.”

Airfares between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg and George will start at R499 while prices for a flight between Cape Town and George start at R399.

Mango Airlines does not hedge against higher oil prices like their parent South African Airways and is, therefore, able to pass lower fuel costs on to their customers. “We operate independently from SAA,” explains Kaiser.

Oil prices have already recovered ever so slightly and airfares will not stay this low for very long. “It would be smart to book your tickets in advance so as to lock in these cheap fares; the schedule permits up to nine months,” says Kaiser.

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(Click here to also read “SAA CEO discusses the airline’s huge operating loss and how Treasury will assist”)

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