Mango airlines set to suspend operations

Mango Airlines will not be able to operate flights in three weeks time.

A leaked internal memo to staff from Mango’s acting chief executive William Ndlovu warned of operational challenges the airline was facing, mainly lack of funding from the government.

William told staff members that the government had informed them that there would be no money received by Mango until June in spite of the creditors giving the airline an ultimatum to pay by 30 April.

“This means that Mango will not be able to operate from 1st May 2021 due to no aircraft being available for operations,” William said.

He further explained that Mango management proposed to temporarily stop operating and put the airline into business rescue until July by which time, hopefully, funding would be secured. He said this proposal was approved by both boards, and the SAA board had forwarded this to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to support the board approval as an ultimate shareholder.

“We are still waiting for the response and shall communicate further as soon as we get a response from DPE,” said William.

“Therefore, it is with great sadness that I inform you that our operations will temporarily stop from 1st May 2021 until such a time we receive funding or complete the business rescue process should it be supported by DPE.”