Bonza’s plans to fly directly from Bundaberg to Melbourne have been given the thumbs up as Bonza Chief Commercial Officer Carly Povey visits the region.
In her first stop on the Bonza regional tour last week, Chief Commercial Officer Carly Povey said they were excited to visit the Bundaberg Region with plans now taking off.
“Bundaberg is the first stop on my tour of Bonza’s new regions – it’s a fantastic place to start,” Carly said.
“This week is part of the largest launch announcement in Australia aviation history. We announced flights between Melbourne and Bundaberg twice a week.”
Carly said when Bonza launched in October last year Bundaberg was the perfect choice from the start as it’s an ideal leisure destination.
“Bundaberg is absolutely the right choice for Bonza, the support from the community and Mayor Dempsey … and the airport team, meant that from pretty much from day one we’ve been engaging on how to make these flights possible,” she said.
“Melbourne is just the start – we are very, very keen to grow the partnership with Bundaberg and we are already actively talking about what next.
“Our focus right now is let’s make Melbourne work and let’s give people the chance to travel to Bundaberg to explore the southernmost part of the Great Barrier Reef and from there I think absolutely we can look at other options for growth.”
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was brilliant to see the enthusiasm from the community after the Bonza announcement last week.
“Tell your family and friends in Melbourne to come to beautiful Bundaberg with Bonza and enjoy our southern Great Barrier Reef, our distilleries, our community, our food and the beautiful lifestyle we have right across the region,” he said.
“It’s a great partnership and we are very thankful for Bonza for this commitment to Bundaberg to Melbourne.”
Mayor Dempsey said the feedback since the launch had been outstanding from not only the local community, but from as far afield as Melbourne with people keen to have a taste of Bundaberg.
“People are chomping at the bit to get on Bonza, and get from beautiful Bundaberg to Melbourne,” he said.
“We’ve had many enquiries from Melbourne not just to get to Bundaberg with Bonza, but what they are going to see here in Bundaberg, and also looking at how they are going to invest in Bundaberg as well.
“So, now people will be able to get a taste of Bundaberg – see our beautiful liveability and lifestyle and how they can still be connected to family and friends with a short flight back and invest in our beautiful region.
“Having budget flights gives us an enabler to grow our region.”
Bundaberg Tourism marketing manager Ellie Tonkin said the announcement by Bonza was very exciting as it provided the Bundaberg Region with a fantastic opportunity to expand more into the Melbourne market.
“We have run some campaigns over the past six months, particular tied to our incredible reef product, and have received a large amount of interest and traction,” Ellie said.
“They have been locked up and they are very used to cold grey winters so the opportunity to present to them direct flights to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, our incredible products.”
Ellie said as more southerners moved to the Bundaberg Region, Bonza would encourage their family and friends to visit Bundaberg and in return help boost tourism to the area.
Australians are encouraged to download the app “Fly Bonza” on the Apple App Store or Google Play now and keep an eye out for updates as new functions are added.
Flights are due to go on sale within the next eight weeks, pending regulatory approval.