AUSTRALIA’s newest airline, Bonza, has taken off this morning on its first-ever flight, departing its home base on the Sunshine Coast to arrive on the Whitsunday Coast.
Starting from $49 to $79 per person (one way), the route is the first of 27 to be gradually rolled out to a total of 17 destinations.
The service not only allows Aussies to forgo the 12-hour drive in favour of a direct flight, it also follows through on the airline’s promise to cater to underserved regional communities, according to Bonza CEO Tim Jordan.
“Today’s milestone flight comes at a time where demand is high for Aussies to explore their own backyard,” Jordan said, highlighting that over 10,000 seats were sold on the Bonza app since fares went on sale days earlier.
“What our first customers will experience onboard is a fresh approach to flying where we keep the bar high on quality, and our costs low.”
Bonza guests can order items on-demand via the app from an all-Aussie menu, with local menu partners also invited on today’s flight.
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie said, “As the home base for Bonza this is a momentous day for the Sunshine Coast as Australia’s newest low cost airline takes to the skies on their inaugural flight heading to the Whitsundays, making this and other incredible destinations so much more accessible for everyday Australians.
“Bonza’s commencement of services signals a new era for our airport and wider region and over the next 12 months we will see an additional 772,000 seats into the region, which will generate more than $86 million in visitor expenditure.”
“Our partnership with Bonza is just the beginning as we look forward to a bright future and bringing even more destinations to our airport that will grow employment and tourism and unlock new market opportunities for business to explore,” he enthused.