Locals and visitors alike are more than happy to be flying Bonza with the 36 flights to/from Bundaberg to Melbourne well-supported since the new airline launched in May.
Bonza’s Chief Commercial Officer Carly Povey said the route had performed strongly ever since the purple planes touched down in the region.
“In fact, during the recent winter school holidays, flights were packed both ways with average load factors sitting at 99 per cent as Melburnians swapped the cold for the winter warmth of Bundaberg,” she said.
“We thank Bundaberg Airport and the Bundy community for embracing Bonza and look forward to a bright (and purple!) future.”
The positive news comes after Bonza recently reached out to its passengers across the nation through a letter outlining changes to its route map and schedule, designed to set the airline up for long-term success and reduce the likelihood of cancellations.
The letter shared five routes (Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour, Sunshine Coast to Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast to Tamworth, Cairns to Mackay and Toowoomba Wellcamp to Whitsunday Coast) would be removed from the airline’s initial route map while other routes would have their frequencies reduced.
Carly pledged the changes announced were focused on setting Bonza up for the long-term so Australians could enjoy more competition in the skies for years to come.
Bundaberg was not included in the list of removed routes and is performing strongly.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was great to hear the airline was being well-supported by the community.
“It's fantastic news that our local community, and those wanting to visit our sunny slice of paradise, are taking the opportunity to fly Bonza,” he said.
“The new airline joins the likes of Qantas and Link Airways at Bundaberg Regional Airport, providing travellers with plenty more options.
“It is not only great news for our community, but also our economy and our tourism.”