Looking for cheap domestic flights? Instantly compare airfares and book your own flights online with FlightSite, or learn more about this leading budget airline below. Mango Airlines was conceived in October of 2006, making it South Africa’s first low cost carrier. The first Fly Mango flight departed in November 2006. The airline is a firm favourite for people wanting to fly in comfort, but at a reasonable price.


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Mango will be launching flights to Mauritius within the next 12 months. The airline is looking to expand their leisure network in Africa.

The airline’s Zanzibar – Johannesburg route has been highly lucrative and the airline is hoping that the planned Mauritius route will also show great returns. Nic Vlok, CEO of Mango, says that the domestic market is over-saturated.

Mr. Vlok believes that some Low Cost Carriers will soon be exiting the market because the market is not large enough to support them all. The airline is also planning to launching flights to Kilimanjaro from Johannesburg in the near future.

The first quarter of 2018 saw Mango pick up a substantial volume of parent company SAA’s flight route inventory. As a low cost carrier, Mango is more capable of competing economically against the likes of Kulula and FlySafair. The embattled state carrier has seen several turnaround plans fail during the course of the last decade. During September 2017, Moneyweb reported that SAA was being forced to cut its fleet numbers by as many as 10 of the 62 total aircraft.

The airline also had to rationalise its regional and international flight routes to reduced costs and eliminate loss generating routes. Although the airline’s financial position improved in the second quarter, the airline’s year to date revenue was lagging target by over R870 million.

The Durban to Johannesburg and Cape Town to Johannesburg routes are most affected in this regard. The Mango flight frequency between Cape Town and Johannesburg will be increased from 76 to 116, effective mid-February. This route frequency increase follows the airline also having ramped up its presence on the Johannesburg to Zanzibar route during March 2017.

Collectively, however, Mango Airlines and South African Airways will continue to operate the same number of overall flights.

It is anticipated that SAA’s reduced activity will benefit many of the airline’s privately owned competitors.



 About Mango

SINCE 2006

Mango Airlines is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is owned by South African Airways. The airline competes with Kulula and FlySafair in South Africa’s low-cost market.

Trading simply as Mango, Mango Airlines is a state owned entity headquartered at OR Tambo in Johannesburg. It is a subsidiary of national carrier South African Airways, operating a fleet of 10 aircraft flying to 8 destinations across South Africa. Flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg is a key offering for the airline.

Mango’s first flight took place on November 15th, 2006. A subsidiary of SAA, the budget airline is backed by the same standards of safety and customer service that SAA passengers have enjoyed for decades, while offering low prices for a number of domestic air routes within South Africa. Passengers may opt to fly Mango between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein.

The airline joined the Star Alliance as a Connecting Partner in the third quarter of 2016. The airline recorded a turnover of R2.3 million during the same year, having transported over 3 million passengers along its various domestic flight routes.

The airline offers SAA Voyager members the ability to redeem miles with Mango, however no other benefits, such as additional baggage, lounge access or cabin class upgrades are applicable.

In 2012, Mango was the first airline in South Africa to launch an in-flight WiFi service, yet had to stop advertising the service it due to erratic service levels in 2013. Since the latter half of the year, the airline has also had to deal with ongoing salary related strikes by pilots. Thanks to effective contingency plans, these labour relations issues have not materially affected the airline’s services.

As a subsidiary of South African Airways, the airline has also been coming under sporadic fire for its uncompetitive pricing behaviours, which led to the demise of another low cost carrier, 1Time Airlines.

Mango Airlines (flymango.com) operate daily flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport, both located in Johannesburg. From these two destinations, passengers can fly to Bloemfontein Airport, King Shaka Airport in Durban, and Cape Town International Airport. Flights are also available from Cape Town to Bloemfontein and Durban.


Passengers on Mango airlines domestic flights can unwind and enjoy an in-flight entertainment programme called Mango TV. As with most budget airlines, food and drink is not included in the ticket price but may be purchased during the flight through a buy on board system. Considering that most flights last less than 2 hours, passengers will find this system convenient, offering a range of options depending on the time of day and each passenger’s taste.

Next time you’re planning a domestic trip, visit Mango’s website (http://www.flymango.com). With great ticket prices and reliable service, you have every reason to fly Mango.



Mango’s aircraft form a uniform fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Each plane seats 185 passengers and the fleet is maintained by SAA’s technical department to ensure high safety and reliability standards. Servicing domestic destinations only, these aircraft are the perfect choice for a budget airline which offers passengers comfort and safety on every flight.

These aircraft feature high density seating and exceptional fuel efficiency – both aspects making it ideally suited to the needs of a low cost carrier.

 Latest News
Mango Flash Sale

Mango airlines are holding a flash sale on flights departing between 11 Jan & 28 Feb 2018. Flights booked on the 11th of Jan 2018 inside of the before mentioned travel dates start from R439* for a one way flight. Here are some of the incredible airfares that are up for grabs on our booking engine: Johannesburg – Durban from R439*, Durban – Lanseria from R439*, Cape Town – Johannesburg from R 659*, Cape Town – Lanseria from R659*. Book before midnight on the 11th of Jan to save on your domestic flights. *Fares are based on one way flights*

Cancelled routes

Mango will no longer be flying between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The airline recently announced that they will cancel their flights on this route from the 15th of October 2015.

Passengers who have already booked flights on the route after the 15th will be given SA Express tickets at no extra cost.

Mango to launch flights to Mauritius
  • Mango will be launching flights to Mauritius within the next 12 months. The airline is looking to expand their leisure network in Africa. The airline’s Zanzibar – Johannesburg route has been highly lucrative and the airline is hoping that the planned Mauritius route will also show great returns.
  • Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango, says that the domestic market is oversaturated. Mr. Bezuidenhout believes that some Low Cost Carriers will soon be exiting the market because the market is not large enough to support them all.
  • The airline is also planning to launching flights to Kilimanjaro from Johannesburg in the near future.

Mango Passenger Information

Mango have a checked allowance of 20kg per paying guest (excluding bicylcles). Items in excess will be charged at the current rate per kg each way.

Please note that no single piece of luggage exceeding 32kg will be accepted on the airline. In line with Carry-on Baggage Regulations, guests may carry 1 piece of carry-on with a maximum weight of 7kg, and within the dimensions 36cm x 23cm x 56cm, together with a handbag/laptop bag.

Mango Online Check-Ins

Looking to check in online for your Mango Flights? Click here to check in online now and learn more about how to get your boarding pass prior to arriving at the airport below.

Checking in online

Mango offers passengers a quick 4-step online checking option via their website. Simply submit your Date of Birth and Booking Reference Number – typically a 6-digit code such as LRPFP, as well as whether you are a Codeshare Guest or not. Then simply make the appropriate selection, view your Summary and proceed with printing your Boarding Pass.

Passengers can also check in via the recently launched Mango mobile app, which is available for download on the Android, Apple and BlackBerry 10 platforms. The other option, apart from booking in at the Mango Counter, is the self-service check-in kiosks available at the airport.

When does Mango Check-ins close?

Check-ins typically close 40 minutes prior to departure, with the boarding gates closing 30 minutes to departure. As such, it is recommended that you check in 2 hours prior to prevent any hassles or delays.

Mango checking in is a ticketless travel system. You will need to have a printout of your itinerary receipt and valid photo identification like your ID book, your passport or a valid driver’s license.

Instead of tickets, travellers are issued boarding passes to go through airport security and to the boarding gates.

Mango Airlines offer business travellers flexibility with Mango Plus and Mango Flex corporate rates. These rates are ideal for passengers flying for business purposes. These rates provide a range of complimentary perks as well as that much needed flexibility for business travel.

  • Complimentary refreshments on the flight
  • Travellers have 10kg extra baggage allowance
  • Access to the Premium Class Lounge at the airport
  • An unlimited amount of free changes to flights

Mango offers a buy on board programme. Menu items include sweets, snacks, light meals and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

Escape the crowds of the departure hall and slip into one of the executive Mango lounges. Mango lounges offer business facilities, restaurants and smoking areas.

On Mango aircraft all pets are required to be transported in the pressurised cargo hold, excluding guide dogs. Guest must supply valid health and vaccination certificates to ensure that their pet will be accepted for carriage.

Please note: Pet fees are only payable at the airport, and the number of pets allowed as cargo is subject to space availability. For this reason, it is essential to pre-book your pet in advance of your flight. Please telephone our call centre on 086 100 1234 to secure a reservation, or for further details and assistance.

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