The national airline Mango faces financial uncertainty, raising the question of how long it can stay in flight.
Although the airline has yet to make any official announcements, Business day reported that a delay in government funding means the airline is expected to cease operations from May 1 and embark on rescuing businesses.
Travel agencies have now started advising customers of the potential grounding, warning that the flights may not continue next week as planned.
Travelstart said all Mango flights departing by April 30 will continue to operate as planned. However, he said there was uncertainty about flights after that date.
“Please have your Mango reference number (check your e-ticket under the airline reference) and the passenger’s date of birth when checking the website,” he said in a notice on his website.
“In addition, also be on the lookout for SMS updates regarding any schedule changes. For flights departing after April 30, we ask that you be patient and keep an eye on your inbox. We will communicate more details as soon as possible. “
In a social media post on Wednesday morning (April 28), Mango said she was facing flight disruptions and delays and was working on a solution.
Mango Airlines apologizes for the flight disruptions and delays this morning.
We are currently working on a solution and will be back at the counters and hope to clear the delays as quickly as possible.
We apologize in advance for the inconvenience caused.
– Mango Airlines (@FlyMangoSA) April 28, 2021
The airline’s financial woes have been exacerbated by the government’s funding delay over the past year, with the Public Enterprise Ministry meeting with Mango’s board over the weekend over the company’s repositioning. Aerial.
A Mango spokesperson said the airline is expecting part of the R10.5 billion set aside for South African Airways (SAA), but that will require a special appropriation bill, which has yet to be finalized. tabled in parliament.
It is the second state-owned airline to face financial problems in as many years, with SAA entering the rescue of businesses in December 2019.
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