Mango Airlines, the low cost subsidiary airline for South African Airways can be ground effective midnight 26 September 2020.
This comes after another South African Airways subsidiary SAA Technical wrote Mango Airlines informing them of their decision to withdraw their services due to lack of payment of maintenance services.
South African Airways Spokesperson Tlali Tlali said: “SAA Technical, a subsidiary of SAA that provides critical maintenance services including inspections required before a flight can take off, said in a letter it had taken the decision after the national carrier did not pay for services rendered.”
Mango Airlines have since released a statement through its Twitter feed, “Mango can confirm that ongoing key and sensitive discussions are taking place between Mango and South African Airways Technical currently to resolve any dispute. Mango is currently operating as normal. Customers should check Mango’s website for any changes to flight status.”
“We remain committed to flying all passengers to their respective destinations as planned and especially over this weekend,” the statement concluded.
In a follow up statement on Sunday 27 September 2020 the airline said “Critical discussions with Mango and SAAT are still continuing today and we are hopeful of a resolution. Updates will be made available as soon as possible. Mango continues to operate as per schedule under these challenging times and all customers are always urged to check Mango’s website for any changes to their flight status. We remain resolute to flying all our Guests to their respective destinations as planned and especially over this weekend”.
Mango Airlines are currently serving domestic flights in South Africa following the lifting of domestic travel restrictions. In August, returnee Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout left the airline after his brief second stint at the helm of the state-owned low cost carrier.
SAAT has also written to SAA informing them of their intention to withdraw these services. SAA spokesperson yesterday confirmed that the airline was in discussion with SAAT to ensure that planned charter flights will not be affected in the coming week.
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