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Domestic route shake-up for SAA, Mango Today's News

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SAA and Mango will rationalise their route networks, resulting in additional Mango-operated flights for the domestic market.

The revised schedule will take effect from January 15, 2018 and will see some of the flights operated by SAA at present, operated by Mango in the future.

Both SAA and Mango currently together offer 200 return flights per week between Johannesburg and Durban and 278 return flights per week between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The combined number of flights will stay the same following the changes next year. 

Once the changes are fully implemented, Mango will operate 132 return flights on the Johannesburg-Durban route and 116 return flights on the Johannesburg-Cape Town route per week. SAA will operate 68 return flights between Johannesburg and Durban, and 162 return flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

The rationalisation programme follows an earlier announcement in September, where SAA announced network changes and forms part of the five-year turnaround plan.

The changes have been reflected in all the SAA and Mango distribution systems since December 12, 2017. 

The following rebooking conditions apply:

 •       Rebook on to another South African Airways (SA) flight for a later date at no extra charge and subject to availability of the same booking class. 
•       Change of cabin will not be permitted.
•       This policy is applicable to South African Airways flights only, issued on SA (083) ticket stock on or before December 12 and not on separate tickets of other airlines. 
•       Tickets must be re-issued on or before December 31, 2017. 
Mango flights will operate using Boeing 737-800s and SAA will discontinue operating Airbus A340-600s on the Johannesburg-Cape Town route.

Members of Voyager, SAA’s frequent flyer programme, will continue to earn Miles on Mango-operated flights if booked on the SAA code and will continue to enjoy the SAA baggage allowance, lounge access and a seamless transfer on to the regional and international network services of SAA. Voyager members can also spend their miles on Mango-operated flights by utilising Miles or a combination of miles and a range of payment options.

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