State-owned budget airline Mango could be grounded from next month due to mounting debts.
While things are looking up for South Africa’s national carrier which is expected to take to the skies in August, budget carrier Mango is set to halt operations on 1 May as a result of mounting debts owed to its creditors, according to a document seen by Fin24.
The document states that the boards of Mango Airlines and the newly appointed interim board of parent company, South African Airways have agreed to ground Mango Airlines until funding has been received from national treasury.
This step has been taken as Mango is no longer able to delay outstanding payments due to creditors. Fin24 reports that the airline had already been stalling its payments to creditors for the past six months.
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The Department of Public Enterprises allocated R 2.7 billion to SAA’s subsidiaries – Mango, SAA Technical and Air Chefs, in October last year, as part of the R10.5 billion rand awarded to parent company South African Airways.
While SAA received its share of the funding allocation earlier this year, no money has been paid over to SAA’s subsidiaries as yet…