Bonza announces third base

BONZA has announced Gold Coast Airport as its third base, where it will operate flights to 11 of its existing destinations.

The Aussie airline will deploy two of its Boeing 737s to operate the Albury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne Avalon, Melbourne Tullamarine, Mildura, Rockhampton, Townsville and Whitsunday Coast routes.

This next phase of Bonza’s growth will see 70 new flights per week and almost 700,000 additional passenger seats a year into and out of Gold Coast Airport.

“Today’s announcement is about creating more depth in our network by connecting existing Bonza destinations with the Gold Coast and also the gateway from there to Northern NSW,” Bonza CEO Tim Jordan said.

“It is a huge boost for the economy and allows people in our existing destinations the opportunity to book an affordable flight to Gold Coast Airport and take a much-deserved holiday or long-awaited visit to friends and family.

“New routes from the Gold Coast also mean locals from South Brisbane down to Northern NSW regions, like Ballina and Byron Bay, have the chance to explore their own backyard with low-cost flights to regional locations like Mildura, Bundy and Townsville to name a few,” he added.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Amelia Evans said the new partnership will boost the region’s economy by more than $100 million.

“Many of these routes are new to our network and they’re also very competitively priced which is great news for our customers and for visitors to our region,” she said.

Flights will be on sale shortly via the airline’s app, with starting fares ranging from $49 to $79 per person one way.

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