Having launched flights between Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Cape Town at the end of 2012, the South Africa low-cost airline is intending to further grow connectivity with up to seven daily return flights during peak times.
To date, Mango has carried more than 300,000 travellers across the Bay with the route’s popularity making it increasingly important to the business.
The carrier’s CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, said: “We have invested substantially in developing our business in Nelson Mandela Bay with growth over time clearly indicating the need for low-cost air lift services to the area.”
The CEO added that any spending growth by travellers has a very real impact on the local economy, increasing the amount of revenue across hospitality, retail and taxation in an area.
“It is estimated that low-cost aviation has growth the overall market in South Africa by 3.2 million travellers over the past decade and created well over 15,000 employment opportunities,” he claimed.
A low-cost subsidiary of South African Airways, in the past 12 months Mango has launched its first international destination with twice-weekly flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar; added a route between Johannesburg and George; grown its fleet with 2 B737-800 aircraft and plans to add a further 2 over the next six months.