Mango airlines restart in jeopardy

Mango Airlines’ restart is in jeopardy. Image via @FlyMangoSA / Twitter

Mango to continue flying all passengers to their destinations as planned

There were reports that Mango would ground its flights on Saturday night 26 September. The airline has since set the record straight.

Mango airlines restart in jeopardy

Mango Airlines’ restart is in jeopardy. Image via @FlyMangoSA / Twitter

Mango Airlines has confirmed that it remains committed to flying all its passengers to their destinations as planned, especially over this weekend. This comes after reports that Mango allegedly planned to ground all of its flights on Saturday evening 26 September. 

This also comes just after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide move to Level 1 lockdown.


Broadcaster eNCA reported that Mango flights would be grounded as of midnight on Saturday, allegedly after SAA Technical withdrew its services due to non-payment. 

Mango Airlines spokesperson Sergio Dos Santos said no such thing would happen. He said Mango could confirm that ongoing key and sensitive discussions are taking place between Mango and SAAT currently to continue with operations under difficult times, however, the airline is operating as normal. 

“All customers should always check Mango’s website for any changes to their flight status. We remain committed to flying all passengers to their respective destinations as planned and especially over this weekend,” said Dos Santos. 

When asked if flights would indeed be grounded, he said Mango remains committed to flying all passengers to their destinations as planned.


Apart from Mango, Emirates announced that it would resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa, Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October). 

“The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities,” it said. 

Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia. Flight schedules for Emirates’ South African destinations will be available on later this week.

Emirates will also operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service. The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.

Flights from Dubai to Mauritius will initially operate once a week on Saturdays, supporting the Mauritian government’s repatriation efforts to bring its citizens home, and enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination. 

Tickets can be booked on, the Emirates App, Emirates sales offices, via travel agents as well as online travel agents.