Top End to the Glitter Strip: Bonza Launches New Flights

Passengers and staff welcome Bonza in the Northern Territory.
Photo Credit: Bonza

Bonza, Australia’s first independent low-cost airline, has launched a new route between the Gold Coast and Darwin.

This new addition connects the sunny beaches of Queensland with the unique culture and stunning landscapes of the Northern Territory.

The inaugural flight touched down in Darwin shortly after midnight, marking the beginning of a convenient and affordable travel option.

To celebrate the launch, Bonza is offering a limited-time sale with fares starting from just $89 (one way) for travel until the end of May 2024.*

Over 5,000 seats are available on flights between the Gold Coast and Darwin, so be sure to grab yours quickly!

New Route Details

The new route operates twice weekly, on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Fridays/Saturdays. This complements Bonza’s existing network serving the Northern Territory, including flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs and Sunshine Coast to Darwin.

Regular fares start from $149 (one way), making travel to the NT more accessible than ever.

“We’re thrilled to offer more choices for travelers between these two amazing destinations,” said Tim Jordan, Bonza CEO.

“With school holidays coming up, we can’t wait to see people enjoying the Gold Coast’s beaches or soaking in a sunset cruise over the Timor Sea.”

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

Increased Competition for the Top End

This new route is expected to boost tourism, create jobs, and increase competition in the Northern Territory aviation market.

Bonza acknowledges the support of the Northern Territory Government’s Territory Aviation Attraction Scheme in making this possible.

Industry representatives have also welcomed the new service. Airport Development Group Executive General Manager Rob Porter highlighted the increased affordability for travelers to the Territory.

“Airport Development Group has worked closely with Bonza and the Northern Territory Government to bring more affordable flight options to the Territory,” said Porter. 

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Amelia Evans emphasized the economic and tourism benefits for both regions, particularly with the elimination of layovers.

“The Gold Coast to Darwin route has long been an underserved market, so we are thrilled that Bonza has recognised its potential,” said Ms Evans.

A Bonza 737 on the taxiway at Rockhampton.
Photo Credit: Bonza

About Bonza

Bonza is Australia’s new low-cost airline, committed to making travel more affordable and accessible.

They focus on underserved routes, allowing Australians to explore more of their country for less. Their current network includes 3 bases, 36 routes, and 21 destinations.

Here are some of Bonza’s unique features:

  • App-first approach: Manage your booking and flight information conveniently through the app.
  • Gender-neutral uniforms: Promoting inclusivity with a “wear it your way” uniform policy.
  • Locally sourced menu: Enjoy delicious Australian meals ordered directly through the app, eliminating bulky trolleys onboard.

*Note: Offer starts 08:00 AEST, 20 March 2024. Offer ends 23:59 AEST, 24 March 2024. For travel between 20 March – 31 May 2024, subject to availability.

Prices quoted $89pp Gold Coast to or from Darwin are one way, per person, via the Fly Bonza app paying by Bonza’s fee free payment option. Discount applies to fare only, excluding bags, seats and payment fees.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer. Bonza reserves the right to vary, modify or cancel this promotion at any time. Payment fees may apply. Conditions of Carriage apply.

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