Australian carrier Bonza launches Newcastle-Whitsunday Coast flights as its overall route expansion continues in heavy flow.
This particular service launches on a twice-weekly basis connecting the two areas together in the interest of further domestic tourism within the country.
Bonza CEO: Things Are Going Well…
Commenting on the launch of this service was Bonza’s CEO, Tim Jordan, who believes things are going really well so far:
“Forget the hassle of overseas travel with this direct route connecting Newcastle to Airlie Beach and the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays.”
“If you’re after a touch of art and culture, fly direct to Newcastle, where there are more art galleries and artists per capita than anywhere else in the country”.
“The response so far has been nothing short of Bonza. Customers are loving our brand new planes, all Aussie menu, and the service onboard by our inflight legends.”
“Forward bookings are looking strong, and we’re getting ready to add additional flights for sale soon, including Christmas and summer holidays,”
Also commenting on the launch was Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Julie Hall:
“Connecting the amazing Newcastle and Hunter Valley wine region to the beautiful Whitsundays, heart of the Great Barrier Reef, is a win for both communities”.
“From the vines to the reef opens a huge catchment area that can now access budget direct flights to the wonderful Whitsundays.”
Finally, Peter Cock, the CEO of Newcastle Airport, gave his thoughts on this route launch:
“We are delighted to have Bonza as a partner in expanding our flight network and supporting the growth of our regional tourism industry”.
“Our region now has access to a whole new era in low-cost air travel. This is something not available in Sydney.”
“Bonza’s innovative low-cost model means people can now travel to the Whitsundays for as little as $79 (per person) one way.”
“This, coupled with the convenience of flying from Newcastle Airport and low-cost parking, means an affordable journey for all travelers, whether they are families, couples, or solo adventurers.”
A Busy Week for the Australian Carrier…
As well as the launch of the Newcastle-Whitsunday Coast route, Bonza has had a busy week or so with route launches, with the first being the Sunshine Coast-Rockhampton route.
Rockhampton becomes the latest route edition for the new start-up airline. Bonza’s latest route to launch saw excited customers fly to Australia’s beef capital.
Rockhampton is also considered the gateway to Great Keppel Island, the lower Great Barrier Reef, and inland to Emerald.
CEO Tim Jordan was quick to spruik the benefits of low-cost flying, saying: “Bonza is here to change traveling behaviors by making air travel affordable to the many, not the few.”
“Rocky and Sunny Coast residents can now ditch the impossibly long drive along the Bruce Highway with a faster, more comfortable, and low-cost option.”
“I was lucky enough to meet a grandmother on a recent Bonza flight who told me she paid more for her cab ride to the airport than she did for her flight.”
“There are plenty of families in Rockhampton and the Sunny Coast looking to reconnect more often, and we’re humbled to help,”
The other inauguration came in Melbourne, where the opening of its second base occurred.
The first flight from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast became the christening for the carrier’s new base.
Travel-hungry Victorians have packed onto the first-ever Bonza flight from the Victorian capital to the Sunshine Coast, marking the launch of the airline’s Melbourne Tullamarine base.
The base opening comes just in time for the busy Easter and school holiday period.
It remains clear that with the addition of the Newcastle-Whitsunday Coast service as well as its other inaugurations, Bonza is becoming set up to thrive well within the Australian domestic market.