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Bonza Launches New Service Between Sunshine Coast and Port Macquarie

Bonza has today launched new service between Sunshine Coast and Port Macquarie. The route is Bonza’s 16th, and will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with one-way fares from $49 per person.

Bonza Celebrates the Launch of New Service Between Sunshine Coast and Port Macquarie on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - Courtesy Bonza

On Wednesday (April 12, 2023), Bonza announced the launch of their 16th route, with new service between their home base in Sunshine Coast to Port Macquarie. The route will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with one-way fares starting at $49 per person. On May 4, 2023, Bonza will also start service to Port Macquarie from their second base at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). Today’s new route comes during school holidays for both Queensland and NSW following the busy Easter weekend.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Bonza’s CEO, Tim Jordan, said,

“Today is a great day for Aussies who can travel in their own backyard for quintessential Aussie experiences that don’t cost the earth. Port Macquarie is famous for its Koala Hospital who in addition to helping injured and sick koalas, are open to the public so travellers can learn more about these national treasures. Both destinations are the perfect places to soak up some of the country’s best beaches whether you choose to build sandcastles with the kids or catch a few waves.”

“We welcome this new route off the back of a successful Easter weekend where our team of legends took many full flights across our existing network. We met customers who had never travelled by air before and others who were holidaying somewhere completely new thanks to low-cost flights putting regional destinations on their radar.”

Sunshine Coast Airport’s CEO, Andrew Brodie added,

“Previously you had to either drive the eight hours here from Port Macquarie, or you had to drive four hours to Sydney and catch a plane to Brisbane and then drive here - either way it wasn't easy to travel between the two destinations. Now you can do it from as little as $49 one way! The Sunshine Coast hosts a lot of national and state sporting events and with the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships returning to the Sunshine Coast in 2024, getting here from Port Macquarie just got a whole lot easier.”

Sunshine Coast's CEO Andrew Brodie Commenting on the New Route to Port Macquarie - Courtesy Bonza

Port Macquarie Airport is owned and operated by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Also commenting on Bonza’s new service, Mayor Peta Pinson, said,

“We are excited to welcome Bonza’s first flight to Port Macquarie today. Bonza’s move to offer a low-cost airline service between Port Macquarie and the Sunshine Coast illustrates significant confidence in our growing region and our booming tourism and business markets. This service, as well as the planned Port Macquarie to Melbourne route which will commence next month, will enhance and complement the range of airline routes and flights already available at Port Macquarie Airport, which include direct services to Sydney, Brisbane and Lord Howe Island. We look forward to welcoming Bonza and forging a strong and successful partnership with them into the future.”

Bonza is Australia’s new, and only independent low-cost carrier (LCC), enabling Australians to explore more of their own backyard at low prices. The airline currently operates a fleet of five brand new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, which will grow to eight by the end of the first year of operations. Bonza’s initial route map includes 27 routes to 17 destinations. Over 90 percent of Bonza routes are not served by any airline, and 96 percent are not served by a low-cost carrier. The lowest fares are now available for booking on the FlyBonza App.

Source: Bonza


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