Australia’s Bonza Airlines Lays Out Impressive Growth Plans 

A Bonza Airlines Boeing 737 MAX on the tarmac.
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New Australian airline Bonza is making impressive headway, with the opening of a third base adding 70 new weekly flights and almost 700,000 additional passenger seats per annum to and from Gold Coast Airport. 

Third Base

The Australian carrier Bonza unveiled its third base, which will be Gold Coast Airport, with two aircraft stationed there.

The airline has confirmed that it will operate to iconic getaway destinations including 11 already existing destinations flown by Bonza: Albury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne Avalon, Melbourne Tullamarine, Mildura, Rockhampton, Townsville and the Whitsunday Coast.

Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza said: “Today’s announcement is about creating more depth in our network by connecting existing Bonza destinations with the Gold Coast and also the gateway from there to Northern NSW.”

“It is a huge boost for the economy and allows people in our existing destinations the opportunity to book an affordable flight to Gold Coast Airport and take a much-deserved holiday or long-awaited visit to friends and family,”

The CEO added: “New routes from the Gold Coast also mean locals from South Brisbane down to Northern NSW regions, like Ballina and Byron Bay, have the chance to explore their own backyard with low-cost flights to regional locations like Mildura, Bundy, and Townsville to name a few.” 


Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most sought-after seaside destinations. The CEO added: “We’ll be adding new destinations to our route map that will fly from the Gold Coast and we continue to welcome conversations with airports around the country as we fulfill our mission to connect communities.”

“Our focus continues to be on unserved and underserved markets that we know would benefit from low-cost flights.” 

Routes to and from Gold Coast will be slowly developed as the airline tests out the demand in the primary stages of opening. Should the demand and bookings satisfy the management team, the airline will continue to expand from its Golf Coast hub. 

The Anticipated Growth 

The next step from the airline is it expects to witness approximately 70 new flights per week and almost 700,000 additional passenger seats per annum to and from Gold Coast Airport.

It is a sign that Bonza is committed to the Queensland state in increasing tourism and economic activity. In addition, the 11 existing Bonza destinations are witnessing impressive and at times record growth, such as Avalon and Albury. This signifies that secondary cities in Australia are in dire need of air connection. 

Positive Impact

Bonza’s new announcement will create more than 100 direct jobs, with recruitment starting with immediate effect. The low-cost carrier also partners with an airline wet lease provider to allow families to holiday and connect with each other during the Christmas and the peak school holidays.

This is crucial for Bonza as the landscape of the global aviation industry is constrained by the supply of aircraft. 

Amelia Evans CEO of Queensland Airport Limited stated the new partnership between the low-cost carrier and Gold Cast Airport provides a large economical benefit to the local and the state economy.

Ms. Evans commented on this positive dynamic: “This is a significant announcement, the commencement of these new routes will deliver more than one hundred million dollars in economic benefit to this region each year.”

“Not only will Bonza bring more tourists to the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales region, giving our destination an opportunity to showcase our region, it will also open up connections for our locals to connect with loved ones across regional Australia.”

Ms Evans furthered on how the route network will make Queensland becoming a competitive and economical state to travel to: “Many of these routes are new to our network and they’re also very competitively priced which is great news for our customers and for visitors to our region.”

Mr Jordan stated the recruitment for positions at its Gold Coast Station will start very soon: “Our new base means pilots and cabin crew who live here can come home after a day’s flying and enjoy the lifestyle that the region has to offer”

Mr Jorfan also commented on the additional 11 routes on the Bonza route network: “We also know that our customers love to support local as much as we do and an additional 11 routes on the Bonza map will mean even more positive demand for products on our all Aussie menu.”

“Many of our menu providers have seen growth in their own businesses with some hiring new staff and taking out larger premises as a direct result of our partnership with them.” 

The existence of Bonza Airlines proves that many Australian airports and cities remained underserved. The low-cost carrier is ready to tackle the nationwide duopoly of Qantas and Virgin Australia.

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