Bonza has announced a new route from its base on the Sunshine Coast through to Launceston in Tasmania starting in March 2024.
The New Route
From 29 March 2024, Bonza says it’ll connect the two locations, providing increased connectivity to/from Tasmania with ultra-low-cost fares.
Service will be operated twice weekly on a Monday and Friday with Bonza’s Boeing 737 MAX jets fleet. Additionally, it marks the 12th route from their home base on the Sunshine Coast and the second route from Launceston.
Bonza is also running a 1st birthday sale with up to 200,000 seats across the network at 44pp, running until 5 February 2024 at 23:59 AEST. However, these sale fares are subject to availability.
For this newly announced service, the airline says fares start at $89 per person (one way) and will provide significant connectivity across more regional communities in Australia that struggle to get optimally priced flights.
Comments From Executives
We are delighted to connect the Sunny Coast and Launnie with direct low-cost air travel allowing customers to save time and money by avoiding lengthy road trips or metro city transfers and instead be able to maximise their holiday. Launceston locals can ditch their Tassie tuxedos and explore more than 100km of sandy beaches while Sunny Coast travellers can lace up their hiking boots for an overland adventure across Tasmania as both destinations offer contrasting holiday options.Tim Jordan, Bonza CEO.
The new direct service provides a significant boost to both regions, connecting our two tourism destinations for the very first time. It will open up a new market for tourism operators here on the Sunshine Coast, with Tasmanians now having direct access to our pristine beaches, incredible restaurants and unique experiences.Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills
One Year Of Flying
Bonza said that in its first year of flying passengers, it carried more than 750,000 passengers, an essential milestone for the low-cost airline.
These three-quarters of a million customers were transported across destinations across Australia, notably aligned with Bonza’s mission of serving unserved or underserved markets and bringing low-cost fares to markets that are priced out of flying.
Tim Jordan, the airline CEO, says they’ve already made considerable strides in achieving their goal. They say they can save domestic travellers an additional AUD 250 million in 2024 alone, on top of a predicted AUD 125 million savings in their first year in the skies.
Bonza doesn’t want to compete directly with Qantas. Still, it wants to provide general competition to the Australian aviation sector and give customers more to consider when considering their next travel destination.