Bundaberg to Melbourne return flights are one step closer to reality after low-budget airline Bonza announced it had been granted its Air Operator Certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Bonza said it would first launch sales with its Sunshine Coast base followed by its Melbourne base.
It said it would gradually introduce its initial route map of 17 destinations and 27 routes, among which is twice-weekly direct flight from Bundaberg to Melbourne.
Currently, the airline is finalising its preparations to go on sale with its first wave of flights out of the Sunshine Coast.
Bonza CEO Tim Jordan said it was an historic moment for Australian aviation as the company prepared to launch the first high capacity airline in more than 15 years and the country’s only independent low cost carrier.
“The excitement for what we are about to deliver is palpable and the timing couldn’t be better,” Mr Jordan.
“Demand for domestic travel is high and Aussies deserve for travel to be a basic right for many, not a luxury for the few.
“This has never been truer with today’s cost of living challenges.
“With the approval from CASA, 2023 is set to be the year of seeing more of your own backyard for less.”
Mr Jordan said Aussies could download the Fly Bonza app and sign up to be the first to know when its initial phase of flights would be up for grabs.
The airline’s digital approach means the app will be the only place to book with the exception of registered local travel agents.
A digital support centre will assist customers with queries or those who choose to get support with making their booking.
“I’d like to thank our team of legends who have worked very hard to achieve today’s milestone working alongside CASA who do incredibly important work regulating Australian aviation,” he said.
“Now, our focus turns to connecting communities and we hope to see many Aussies onboard soon.”