Mango Airlines is the third and last low-cost airline to enter the South African market. Like all other airlines in the country, it is headquartered at Johannesburg International Airport [OR Tambo]. The first airline to launch in South Africa on a budget structure was Kulula, which managed to quickly take market share away from SAA. Therefore, SAA decided to fight back and launch its own low-cost airline. It was originally called TULCA [Ultimate Low Cost Airline], but was later named Mango Airlines.
According to reports, Mango Airlines, which is owned by SAA, has thus obtained taxpayer money, creating an unfair advantage for them because they can lower prices further than other low-cost carriers. Other low-cost airlines, Kulula and 1Time, have reported on Mango [and the SAA Association] for this, but have done very little. Mango Airlines travels between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein. This is not as extensive as other airlines. One thing they may have thought of is registering the domain name mango.co.za, because the domain name is owned by the South African Mango Growers Association. The domain name they now own is flymango.com, which not only confuses people, but also does not have the domain name co.za [ie South Africa National Limited].
Despite negative reports of Mango Airlines and its links to SAA. Unlike the parent company, they have actually turned a profit, and they are said to be now a fully autonomous company. All this means that South Africans have more choices in the market and keep other airlines alert to ensure prices remain competitive.