Bonza, Media Release, 31 January 2024
Australia’s only independent low-cost carrier Bonza is celebrating a year since taking to Aussie skies to democratise air travel across the country.
Bonza revealed that during the past year it has saved Aussie travellers over $125 million by delivering upon its mission of making air travel more affordable and accessible to travellers, particularly those in regional Australia with that figure expected to double in 2024.
The airline has seen more than 750,000 customers travel to 21 destinations across Australia, with 84 per cent of those routes not served by any other airline and 89 per cent of routes not served by a low-cost carrier.
“It really is a Bonzaversary to remember, since our inaugural flight on 31 January 2023, Bonza has expanded to operate 38 routes to 21 destinations from three bases and, of these routes, 84 per cent are unique to Bonza,” said Tim Jordan, Bonza CEO.
“Bonza is about making air travel affordable for the many and not just the few; and improving accessibility for all Australians, especially those in the regions. We’ve taken great steps towards delivering upon our mission with more than $125 million already saved by Aussie travellers.
“We’ve got big plans for 2024 and the Aussie public will benefit. We’re predicting we’ll save domestic travellers somewhere in the vicinity of an additional $250 million this coming year. Competition in Australian skies is a great thing for Aussie travellers and over 750,000 customers have already experienced the benefits of Bonza.”
Bonza is firmly focused on growth in 2024 with a plan to expand its fleet beyond the six aircraft currently servicing the low cost carrier’s 38 routes, together with additional routes being added and plans for a fourth base before the year is out.
“Our fares start from $49 per person one way, which means more opportunities for everyday Aussies to discover parts of Australia they may never have visited before without it hurting their hip pocket. Since our introduction just a year ago we’ve delivered significant savings wherever we operate, demonstrating the positive impact Bonza is having on the Australian domestic aviation market,” said Jordan.
The low-cost airline has grown its team month-on-month with more than 300 Bonza legends located across the country.
“We have an amazing team of Bonza legends who have worked so hard to make Bonza what it is today,” said Jordan
“Our legends are incredibly proud to be growing an airline that has a mission to connect Australia and its underserved regional and leisure centres and we’re all excited for what’s to come in the year ahead.”
“We’d also like to thank our customers who have supported us during this year of firsts. Like any new business we know that we don’t always get things right all of the time, but at Bonza we learn quickly and we will go again as our customers have shown us that there certainly is a Bonza sized opportunity in the Australian aviation market.”
Bonza has taken a fresh approach to air travel with its All Aussie menu showcasing the best Australian food and drinks producers from across the country while its gender-neutral ‘wear-it-your-way’ uniform has garnered a great deal of support.
“Ditching the cabin trolley and having food and drinks served directly to your seat by our cabin crew legends with just a few thumb presses on the Fly Bonza app has been a game changer. For many of our menu partners, this is the first time their products have been onboard an airline and we’ve proudly watched their businesses grow as Bonza helps them reach new heights,” said Jordan.
To celebrate its Bonzaversary, the low-cost carrier is offering more than 200,000 seats across all routes on the Bonza network for $49pp** which runs until 23:59 AEST, 5 Feb ‘24 subject to availability and selected travel dates.
Travellers are encouraged to download the Fly Bonza app which is the only place to book direct.