Bonza taps Tasmania with Gold Coast to Launceston service

A Bonza Airlines Boeing 737 on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Bonza Airlines

Bonza’s debut into Tasmania started on Tuesday November 21 with the first flight from the Gold Coast to Launceston.

The thrice-weekly service will provide a welcome boost for tourism in both directions as Bonza continues its mission of stimulating new domestic tourism markets.

Debut in Tassie

Bonza made its much-anticipated debut in Tasmania this week, with the inaugural flight from the Gold Coast to Launceston marking the beginning of a new thrice-weekly service to the Apple Isle.

Bonza, known for its commitment to stimulating new domestic tourism markets, has introduced a convenient three-times-a-week service connecting the Gold Coast and Launceston.

This strategic move caters to the strong demand from locals in the Gold Coast, Northern NSW, and South Brisbane to fly directly to Launceston.

Fares for this new service start at an enticing $79 per person (one way), making travel between these two destinations not only convenient but also budget-friendly.


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Tim Jordan, the CEO of Bonza, expressed his excitement about the route, highlighting its popularity from the Gold Coast. “In fact, the route is proving one of our most popular from the Gold Coast so far,” he said.

A Bonza Boeing 737 climbs out after takeoff.
Photo Credit: Bonza

Meeting Diverse Travel Needs

The diverse mix of passengers on this inaugural flight showcases the broad appeal of Bonza’s services.

Families and friends are reconnecting with loved ones, holidaymakers are embarking on new adventures, and first-time flyers are relishing the accessibility without the need to drive to a major city airport or break the bank.

Tim Jordan emphasizes the positive impact of this new route on tourism operators in the Gold Coast, Tweed, and Tasmania.

The forward bookings, extending through to early May, already exhibit promising numbers. Plans are underway to release more flights, allowing travelers to book their flights on the Gold Coast to Launceston route up until September 2024.

Premier Rockliff’s Perspective

State Premier and Minister for Tourism, Jeremy Rockliff, warmly welcomed the first flight’s arrival at Launceston Airport. He acknowledged the substantial boost this tri-weekly service would provide to the Tasmanian economy and tourism industry.

Queenslanders are now presented with an opportunity to explore Tasmania’s beauty, supporting the island state’s growing visitor economy and its vibrant small businesses.


Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare highlighted why Launceston was the obvious choice for Bonza’s Tasmanian launchpad. As a UNESCO city of gastronomy, Launceston offers unparalleled food and wine experiences, positioning itself as one of the best city break destinations in Australia.

Moreover, it serves as the gateway to Tasmania’s natural wonders, such as Cradle Mountain, making it an ideal starting point for travelers.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO, Amelia Evans, expressed pride in partnering with Bonza for this significant Tasmanian connection.

She highlighted the value of this direct link, currently unmatched by any other airline, adding a substantial 1,100 seats between the Gold Coast and Launceston each week, just in time for the summer holidays.

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