Mango Airlines was the third and last low-cost airline to enter the South African market. Like all other airlines in the country, its headquarters are at Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo). The first airline to launch SA with a budget structure was Kulula, and was very successful in quickly seizing market share from SAA. Therefore, the SAA decided to strike back and launch its low-cost airline. It initially had the awful name TULCA (the ultimate low-cost airline), but it has since been called Mango Airlines.
It has been reported that Mango airlines, which are owned by the SAA and thus receive taxpayer money, create an unfair advantage for them because they can lower prices further than other low-cost airlines. Other budget airlines, namely Kulula and 1Time, reported Mango (and by SAA), but little has been done. Mango airlines fly to and from the city: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein. This is not as extensive as other airlines. One thing they may have thought about was registering a mango.co.za domain, as this is the property of the South African Mango Growers Association. The domain name they now have is flimango.com, which not only confuses people, but also lacks co.za – which is a South African country ltd.
Although there is bad press about Mango airways and their association with SAA. Unlike the parent airline, they have actually made a profit and it is said that it is now run as a fully autonomous company. This all means that South Africans have more choices in the market and keep other airlines on their feet to ensure that prices remain competitive.