Australia's new carrier unveils first routes across the country

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Australia’s newest budget airline Bonza is ramping up its launch, unveiling its first routes across the country.



Bonza announced its plans for cheap flights in October last year with CEO Tim Jordan telling that the airline was about bringing more choice to Australians from a leisure perspective.

In an update on Feb. 15, Bonza announced the first 16 destinations it planned to fly to, with 25 new routes.

Sydney didn’t land a spot on Bonza’s launch list, with the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne instead nabbing the first spots.

The airline will base its fleet of brand new Boeing 737 MAXs at Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland with Melbourne serving as a secondary hub, focusing on Queensland, NSW, and Victoria.

Bonza describes itself as an airline that offers low-cost fares in cities and regional centers across Australia that have been starved of regular, large-scale flights.

Mr. Jordan said Bonza fares would be similar to Jetstar, with one-hour flights costing around $50 while longer flights would cost around $75 to $100.

The airline hopes to start flying in the middle of this year, pending regulatory approval, with the first Boeing 737 MAX expected to land in Australia at the end of May.

The Sunshine Coast, a popular tourist hotspot with the coastal towns of Noosa and Mooloolaba nearby, will account for 12 of Bonza’s first 25 routes while Melbourne Airport will have eight routes.
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