Australia’s new low-cost airline, Bonza, has made its first flight between the Sunshine Coast and Victoria. Yesterday it touched down in Melbourne Avalon Airport, marking its first commercial flight to a Victorian destination, and the third route launched by the budget airline. Later this week, tickets from Melbourne will go on sale, adding an additional 12 routes to the 15 that are already available.
“South East Queenslanders can now fly to Avalon for a wide range of holiday experiences in Melbourne, Geelong, the Surf Coast and the Great Ocean Road,” said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza. “Likewise, Victorians can now fly direct from Avalon to the Sunshine Coast to visit loved ones and take a well earned break.”
What is Bonza?
This independent airline focuses on connecting Australians through domestic and regional routes. Their initial route map includes 27 routes to 17 destinations, like Coffs Harbour, Mackay and Rockhampton. 93 per cent of their routes are not currently served by any airline.
At the moment, flights from Melbourne are only departing at Avalon, and landing in Sunshine Coast. These tickets went on sale last month for $79 per person one way. Flights will run between these locations three times a week until October 2023.
From the Sunshine Coast, travellers can then connect to a range of other destinations, including Whitsunday Coast and Townsville.
“We are thrilled to partner with Bonza and host the very first flights into Victoria,” said Tony Brun, Avalon Airport CEO. “This launch provides more choice, competition and opportunities for travellers to enjoy more of this great country.”
Bonza is still in its early days, and more destinations, including Bundaberg and Mildura, are coming soon.
To book a flight directly and see what’s available, simply download the FlyBonza app. You can also make a booking through a registered travel agent. Find the app on Apple or Google Play, and check out the website here.