Cape Town – Mango has confirmed it will end flights between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for now as its aircraft are redeployed to maximize “competitive presence on higher-volume routes”.
“The aircraft redeployment and additional frequencies are effective 15 October 2015 and existing bookings impacted will be re-accommodated on SA Express, which operates several daily flights between the cities,” said spokesperson Hein Kaiser.
The airline also said it would be bulking up flights between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
Kaiser said Mango’s 25% increased capacity on the Joburg to PE Route shows positive demand.
“Mango launched Johannesburg-Port Elizabeth in 2012 with a single frequency, growing up to four dailies in either direction by mid-October 2015.”
“The route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is overtraded and instead of incurring possible losses, it is more commercially prudent to redeploy our assets at this time. We are withdrawing for now but our code will not disappear forever.”
Kaiser adds a future codeshare with SA Express is on the cards and will see Mango’s frequencies on the route increase, adding convenience and choice. This service is expected to commence in 2016.