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26 June 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915145

Commerce & Trade

FLY Mango will operate two flights a day between Nelson Mandela Bay’s Port Elizabeth Airport and Lanseria International airport from 11 July 2019.

The addition of the new destination is a result of negotiations between the municipality, Eastern Cape Development Corporation and the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber on the one side and Lanseria International Airport, Airports Company South Africa and Mango Airlines on the other, aimed at offering travellers an alternative point linking Gauteng province with Nelson Mandela Bay.

“We are very excited to finally launch this route. An enormous amount of work has been done to increase our network out of Lanseria,” said Marelize Labuschagne, Acting CEO at Mango Airlines.

“This additional route is a win for both cities, and Mango is privileged to be a part of boosting local tourism. At a time when our economy needs stimulating Mango has set its sights on unlocking the immense social and economic value that tourism provides.”

She said they were expecting the route would capture a combination of business and leisure travellers originating from the Southern and Northern parts of Johannesburg, the wider Gauteng province and beyond.

“Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Garden Route and a highly populated tourist area, so we are expecting this to be a popular network choice,” Labuschagne said.

Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Executive Director at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Anele Qaba said: the cost of access to Nelson Mandela Bay had been identified as barriers to tourism and economic growth within the region.

“To unlock the full tourism potential air access needed to be prioritised in order to make it easier and more affordable for visitors to explore Nelson Mandela Bay,” Qaba said.

South African Tourism Acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini said that with quarter one of 2019 showing favourable growth on the domestic travel front, the latest Mango route would further enhance plans to increase domestic travel.

“When compared to the period time last year, holidays trips have increased by 60,5% and I am confident that the latest route between Lanseria International Airport and Port Elizabeth Airport will influence these figures positively.

“This route is a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful tourism experiences and products in the Eastern Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay areas with the region growing as an Ocean Safari destination,” Dlamini said.

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