New Australian low-cost carrier Bonza has continued its regional network establishment plan with the inauguration of a Melbourne Tamworth service earlier this week.
In what will be music to travellers’ ears, Bonza has launched its Melbourne service to Australia’s country music capital of Tamworth in New South Wales.
Melbourne – Tamworth
The new route from the Victorian capital of Melbourne will now operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.
This coming Saturday, 6 May will see the start-up carrier player duet with the inauguration of a second Tamworth service from the main hub at Sunshine Coast.
From the week commencing 14 May the Sunshine Coast service will also operate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Bonza CEO Tim Jordan greeted customers as they touched down at Tamworth Regional Airport including members of the country music and line dancing communities in Melbourne.
Also onboard the inaugural Melbourne flight was Golden Guitar Winner Lachlan Bryan, who performed for passengers.
“Melbournians can now explore Australia’s backyard with a country NSW experience including Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Big Golden Guitar, art galleries and museums,” says Jordan.
“From Tamworth, travellers can take in the wide open spaces of the New England region including World-Heritage listed National Parks.”
The country music capital
Customers and guests onboard the historic flight were greeted by the local community including country music star and Bonza Local Legend Ashleigh Dallas.
Tamworth Region Mayor Russell Webb said these new services to Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast would be a huge win for the community.
“We are very pleased to welcome a low-cost carrier like Bonza to the region – increasing our connectivity.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus who said the new route was part of an exciting new chapter for Melbourne Airport.
“This is the first time Melbourne Airport has had a direct link to Tamworth and these new flights will help connect families, friends, business, tourists and music lovers,” she said.
“As Australia’s capital of culture, Melbourne shares a natural connection with the nation’s capital of country music, and we think this new route will strike the right chord with people looking to explore different parts of the country.”
Dubbed the country music capital of Australia, Tamworth hosts the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which is the largest country music festival in the Southern Hemisphere and the second-largest in the world after Nashville’s CMA Music Festival.
The festival is held annually in January and attracts thousands of visitors from around Australia and the world.
The city has a strong association with Australian country music, with many famous country musicians hailing from Tamworth or having performed there.
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, located in Tamworth, pays tribute to some of the country’s most notable musicians and pioneers of the genre.
In addition to its country music scene, Tamworth is also a popular tourist destination for its natural beauty, with nearby national parks and scenic drives.
The city has a range of accommodation options, including camping grounds, hotels, and guesthouses, making it a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike.
New Aussie low-cost start-up Bonza continues its progressive march towards the establishment of its initial planned route map of 27 routes to 17 regional destinations.
In a country of great expenses and long-distance travel, a major key to Bonza’s (hopeful) success lies in the fact that ninety-three per cent of its proposed routes are not currently served by any airline and 96% not currently served by a low-cost carrier.
The carrier’s upbeat journey to its full network establishment continues in a major key!