The president of the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, says workers’ unions at Mango Airlines and management want the success of the airline and to save it from liquidation.

Mango Airlines suspended its services on Tuesday due to outstanding airport fees.

The airline will go into business rescue as it has been struggling financially for some time with salaries not paid for two months.

Nsibanyoni-Mugambi says they want to avoid retrenchments at all costs.

“That seems to the first place people go is target employees and if you look at Mango it got 741 employees, it’s not a big airline and the first place to look at is the plan so that’s what we are trying to avoid because after retrenchments you are still left with the same problems you started off with. And we just implore the DPE at this stage to just come together collaborate because they should have nothing to hide if we work together at this stage. We have common intentions to see Mango succeed so we really want Mango back to the sky it’s a good airline,” she explains.

The airline has also not been capitalised by the Department of Public Enterprises.

Senior management and airline’s shareholder are holding emergency discussions to find an amicable solution to this impasse.

The airline has asked for calm and patience as they navigate through these challenges.

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