Bonza airlines approved to fly Australians to unique destinations and routes at low costs

Bonza ready to battle Jetstar and Virgin after the brand new low-cost airline is finally given approval to fly in Australia – here’s when you’ll be able to book a flight

  • A new airline is going to hit Australian skies after receiving approval Thursday
  • Bonza Airlines’ expected flight network covers 17 destinations with 27 routes
  • Targeted to Australian domestic short-haul flights with tickets as low as $50
  • Flights are expected to begin in the coming weeks, starting from Sunshine Coast

A new low-cost airline is expected hit Australian skies within weeks after receiving approval to fly domestically just 15 months after the business was launched. 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority granted the budding airline, Bonza, their Air Operator Certificate on Thursday, with CEO Tim Jordan calling the approval ‘historic’ for the nation’s aviation sector.

The carrier plans to sell tickets as low as $50 for hour-long short-haul flights, with longer flights costing customers anywhere between $75 to $100. 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority granted the budding airline, Bonza, their Air Operator Certificate on Thursday, with CEO Tim Jordan calling the approval 'historic' for the nation's aviation sector

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority granted the budding airline, Bonza, their Air Operator Certificate on Thursday, with CEO Tim Jordan calling the approval ‘historic’ for the nation’s aviation sector

The carrier plans to sell tickets as low as $50 for hour-long short-haul flights, with longer flights costing customers anywhere between $75 to $100

The carrier plans to sell tickets as low as $50 for hour-long short-haul flights, with longer flights costing customers anywhere between $75 to $100 

Bonza’s expected flight network covers 17 destinations with 27 routes, including Albury, Bundaberg, Toowoomba and the Whitsunday Coast. 

‘The excitement for what we are about to deliver is palpable and the timing couldn’t be better,’ Mr Jordan said in a statement.

‘Demand for domestic travel is high and Aussies deserve for travel to be a basic right for many, not a luxury for the few.’ 

Mr Jordan said added that the airline is focused on the ‘average Australian’ such as  ‘tradies, teachers, kids and carers’.

Tickets will be soon be made available on the Bonza app, with flights starting out of their Sunshine Coast headquarters before expanding to a Melbourne base.

Backed by US venture capital firm 777 Partners, the budget carrier will operate in 93 per cent of destination which are not served by any other airline. 

Their fleet of planes include three fuel-efficient Boeing 737 Max-8’s, affectionately named Shazza, Bazza and Sheila.

Mr Jordan said added that the airline is focused on the 'average Australian' such as 'tradies, teachers, kids and carers'

Mr Jordan said added that the airline is focused on the ‘average Australian’ such as ‘tradies, teachers, kids and carers’ 

Production of the model had recently been halted after hardware and software issues resulted in two crashes and 300 deaths.

However, the plaughed aircraft has since been reapproved for flying in 135 countries and is currently being used to fly in and out of Australia by various international airlines.  

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King called the introduction of a new airline a ‘welcome milestone’ as the aviation industry continues to recover on the heels of the Covid pandemic.

‘The entry of a new operator will boost competition in the Australian aviation sector, offering more choice to the travelling public,’ Ms King said.

Mr Jordan said ‘the excitement for what we are about to deliver is palpable and the timing couldn’t be better’.

‘2023 is set to be the year of seeing more of your own backyard for less’.

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