Bonza Soars To 100K Bookings

March 27, 2023
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie (left) and Bonza CEO Tim Jordan (centre) with Sunshine Coast Lightning netball players.

Bonza, the new low-cost airline down under has reached 100,000 seats sold on the Fly Bonza app ahead of the airline’s Melbourne base launch on Thursday with five more routes this week. 

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Bonza launched on January 31, 2023, and has four Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with another four on order.

“Last week, we sold our 100,000th seat on the Fly Bonza app. This week, we begin taking customers to Cairns, Newcastle and Melbourne as well as launch new routes into Whitsunday Coast, Mackay and Rockhampton,” said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza who travelled with customers on the inaugural flight today. 

Speaking on the introduction of Sunshine Coast to Cairns, Jordan said: “People of the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Moreton Bay and Brisbane are booking direct flights to Cairns for as low as $79 per person one way. Why wouldn’t you, when for less than a tank of fuel you can be transported to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef?”

“In return, locals from Cairns and surrounds are taking advantage of low-cost fares to the Sunshine Coast to take in the plethora of surf beaches, and craft breweries or to see friends and family more often,” added Jordan. 

Today the airline launched the Sunshine Coast to Cairns route.

“Linking two of Queensland’s most iconic tourism destinations is a great way for Bonza to launch its Cairns services,” said Cairns Airport CEO Richard Barker.

“We expect to see many travellers take up these direct services when flying between the Sunshine Coast and Tropical North Queensland, whether for a holiday or catching up with friends and relatives. These flights are a win for both consumers and industries, who will benefit from the increase of visitors.”

“The new Bonza routes will add thousands of additional seats to the Cairns market per week once the schedule is ramped up.”

Bonza’s Sunshine Coast to Cairns flights operate five times per week including a Friday to Monday option for SE Queenslanders wanting a weekend away. On Wednesday, the airline will introduce two flights per week between Cairns and Mackay and on Friday, twice-weekly service between Cairns and Rockhampton will kick off. 

Travellers are encouraged to download the Fly Bonza app which is the only place to book direct.