The first Bonza flight has taken off from its home base on the Sunshine Coast to the Whitsunday Coast. Today’s route is the first of 27 to be gradually rolled out to a total of 17 destinations after Bonza went on sale last week.
“Our team of legends couldn’t be more excited to begin connecting Aussies for holidays and time with loved ones. What better place to start than arguably two of the country’s favourite holiday destinations. Whether you are snorkelling the Whitsunday Islands or grabbing a cold one in the craft beer capital of Australia – the Sunshine Coast – we are humbled to take you there,” says Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza.
“Today’s milestone flight comes at a time where demand is high for Aussies to explore their own backyard,” adds Jordan.
He says he is thrilled to deliver on Bonza’s promise of stimulating new tourism markets by serving underserved regional communities. Jordan also reveals that since going on sale days earlier, Aussies had embraced the opportunity to book a seat on the app with over 10,000 seats sold.
“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,” he says.
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie says “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”.
Marking the official start to passenger services for Australia’s newest airline Bonza, flight AB777 on Boeing 737 MAX (affectionately known as ‘Bazza’), departing the Sunshine Coast at 8am heading for Whitsunday Coast.
Previously servicing four destinations, Sunshine Coast Airport’s partnership with Bonza now sees Sunshine Coast Airport connected to 16 destinations and delivering on its long-held ambition of being able to connect more people to more destinations.