Mango cuts airfares as fuel price drops

2015-02-02 14:35
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Cape Town - Low cost airline Mango says it will reduce its fares on all routes, rolling out with immediate effect.

The airline said the recent reduction in the cost of fuel, despite currency weakness continuing to impact input costs, has allowed it to pass the benefit on to its passengers. 

Travellers can expect to pay from R395 one way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, while reductions in fares across all other network points will be rolled out this week. 

"Mango has been the most consistently affordable-priced domestic airline for the past 8 years. While the weakened Rand has somewhat negated the benefit of the lower oil price, Mango has substantially reduced some of its fares in order to pass on the benefit of fuel savings to travellers,” said Mango Spokesperson Hein Kaiser.

"A substantial portion of airline expenses are priced in foreign currency and while it is not expected that the oil price will maintain current low levels for extended periods of time, Mango will continue to review its pricing to ensure that consumers enjoy its Air Fare fares,” said Kaiser.

The carrier said it will also not change its baggage rules with a full 20kg free checked bag allowance per traveller per booking.

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“Combining the favourable luggage benefit along with reduced fares as part of our fuel price benefit price reduction continues to cement Mango’s pole position as the most consistently affordable domestic airline,” says Kaiser.

The airline recently also celebrated its 13.5 millionth Guest carried, eighth year of leading on-time performance along with a record 168 000 bookings made on its mobile app since its release last year.

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