Bonza, an Australian budget carrier looking to be there for all of Australia, has cute routes months after launching operations.
However, the decision to cut routes by the airline they say shouldn’t be seen as an alarm after they just completed their initial route map.
Poor performance on the routes cut is the number one catalyst for cancellations. It also comes as other business areas, especially regarding routes, exceed expectations and will likely require additional flights.
Its Melbourne base is one of the biggest focuses of the strong performance, with almost all flights going out full consistently.
The airline has canned Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Tamworth. Meanwhile, Cairns also loses their Mackay, Toowoomba Wellcamp and Whitsunday Coast flights.
There have also been changes to some existing routes with frequency cuts. However, their best-performing routes will get another weekly flight as these continue to sell out.
Bonza is excited about its future but believes transparency and assessing its demand months after starting is the best solution to long-term success.
Bonza now wants to secure new aircraft, open a third base, and continue growing to markets that need the budget carrier. However, these are targeted for the 23/24 summer, where they’ve already seen strong bookings.