Durban - Low cost airline Mango has increased its frequencies into and out of Durban by 20% with frequencies between Durban and Cape Town totalling up to 74 weekly flights between the cities with 51% market share on the route. Between Johannesburg and Durban sectors now total of 72 with Mango enjoying 20% of the market. Recently the airline also launched a Durban base with flight deck and cabin crew now stationed in the city along with its ground presence. “Durban has become a key growth point for us,” says Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. “Over the past three years we have seen substantial growth in load factors and route demand on our network in and outbound. “Durban has long been the trade gateway into Southern Africa with one of the busiest ports on the continent; Mango believes that air travel will follow suit in tandem with growth forecasts for the region. As the Dube Trade Port develops alongside King Shaka International Airport and traveller numbers continue along a positive trend, we have taken a long term view and invested in the city.” KwaZulu Natal remains one of the country’s most populous provinces with more than a third of citizens residing within the eThekwini Metro. “KwaZulu Natal is well known as one of the country’s top leisure destinations,” says Bezuidenhout, “but business travel forms a substantial part of traffic in and out of the city with enormous potential as one of the most industrialised cities in South Africa where the bulk of our imports and exports are handled. Durban will remain firmly on our radar as a growth point for Mango.” Mango recently celebrated its seventh year since its first flight and also its seventh year in Durban with frequencies since opening the station increasing by 70% from 2006.