October is the second month in a row that South African consumers suffered a substantial blow to their wallets with another increase in the fuel price. The up and downstream impact on the pricing of consumer goods will be significant and it is expected that the domestic travel industry will not exit the current swathe of fuel price increases unscathed.
"Operational efficiencies and a uniform fleet of fuel efficient new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft enables Mango to manage input costs effectively and as such I commit Mango to maintain stable fares until the end of the year despite the raft of fuel price increases," says Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango. "We ask that our guests participate in this initiative and to pack lighter. A saving of merely 3kg on checked bags could help us keep fares more affordable as less weight carried means less fuel used.
"An added benefit would be the automatic and immediate reduction in carbon emissions, too. If each of the 186 guests on any particular flight participates in this initiative, we could also save significantly on the volume of carbon released into the atmosphere," Bezuidenhout says.