Low-cost airline Bonza finally has permission to fly

Australia’s newest low-cost carrier, Bonza, has finally received its long-awaited permit to fly from the Aviation Authority, 15 months after going into business.

The fledgling airline received its Air Operator Certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on Thursday, meaning it will finally be able to launch a flight network that will cover 17 destinations and 27 routes. These include destinations such as Albury, Bundaberg, Toowoomba and the Whitsunday Coast.

The airline’s chief executive officer, Tim Jordan, said the approval is historic and doubles the airline’s promise to offer competitive fares and a unique route strategy.

Bonza CEO Tim Jordan.

Bonza CEO Tim Jordan.Credit:Lindsay Moller

“The excitement for what we are about to deliver is palpable and the timing could not be better. Demand for domestic travel is high and Australians deserve that travel is a basic right for the many, not a luxury for the few.

“This has never been more true with today’s cost of living challenges. With CASA’s approval, 2023 will be the year when you can see more of your own garden for less,” added Jordan.

A spokesman said the airline will fly from its Sunshine Coast headquarters before expanding to its Melbourne base, with tickets due to go on sale soon via its Fly Bonza app.

Approximately 93 percent of Bonza’s initial network is not currently served by any other airline, and 96 percent of its destinations are not served by a low-cost airline.

Bonza recently hired Michael Young, Virgin Australia’s former general manager of operations planning, to lead negotiations with the safety agency following the departure of former chief operations officer and co-founder Peter McNally.

Bonza initially applied for his AOC in April 2022. Carly Povey, the low-cost airline’s chief commercial officer, said late last year that she wasn’t put off by the lengthy regulatory process.

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Brian Lowry

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