Novocastrians have joined the push to have low-cost airline Bonza included in their city.
Following a nation-wide call-out urging Australians to plead with their local airport to include them in the new airline’s route map, thousands have responded, prompting them to colloquially term their plans as ‘Here for Allstralia’.
Bonza, which is backed by a US investment firm and headed by ex-Virgin Blue executive Tim Jordan, is promising “ultra-low prices” to travel around the country in 2022.
Since it announced its imminent arrival in October, the low-cost carrier has drawn attention from thousands of potential future flyers, with many signing up to learn more about Bonza, and many completing an online survey to nominate their preferred Bonza destinations.
The airline says that’s in addition to more than 3,600 Aussies who registered their interest in jobs.
After one month of public feedback, Bonza has revealed where Aussie travellers say they’d like the low-cost carrier to fly to and from.
The destinations requested are spread far and wide across the country from Hobart to Broome, and Busselton to Cairns.
They also include, but are not limited to Albury, Tamworth, the Whitsunday Coast, Uluru, Bundaberg, Newcastle, Hervey Bay, Townsville, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Orange, Ballina Byron, Port Macquarie, Toowoomba, Coffs Harbour, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Darwin, Launceston, Karratha, Alice Springs, Mildura, Broken Hill, Exmouth, Devonport, Mount Isa and Hamilton Island.
“The initial response from potential customers has been nothing short of Bonza!,” says CEO Tim Jordan.
“We’ve had requests for flights to all corners of the country proving that Aussies are keen to explore their own backyard.
“Our focus is firmly on providing leisure travellers more low-cost options for discovering new and especially regional destinations. That’s why Bonza is here for ‘Allstralia’.
Mr Jordan said ‘Here for Allstralia’ has developed into the brand’s guiding principle and will be featured in its advertising and marketing campaigns in coming months as the company moves closer to launching flight sales in early 2022.
The survey asked travellers how they feel about Bonza’s arrival into Australian skies next year and the most common response was ‘excited’ along with ‘about time’, ‘awesome’ as well a few ‘beauty mate’ and ‘you rippa’ responses.
Expressions of interest from Australian airports closed on Monday 15 November and Bonza is currently in negotiations to firm up its launch route map.
In an article dated 9 November, Newcastle Weekly told its readers it had received a response from Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock, who admitted the airport was “in talks” with the budget carrier.
“This week we’re announcing our delivery of the sixth new route out of Newcastle Airport in 2021, demonstrating our commitment to delivering the Airport our region deserves,” Dr Cock said.
“There’s strong demand in the domestic travel market and Newcastle Airport is actively focused on route attraction and marketing to take advantage of this environment.
“We are in conversation with Bonza, although it is still very early days. I’ll look forward to providing our community with an update as soon as we know more.”
In parallel with airport discussions, Bonza’s leadership team continues to have conversations with state and territory governments to confirm the airline’s head office location which Mr Jordan has confirmed will be in a regional centre.
This announcement is said to be ‘coming soon’ and will lead to further job creation in regional Australia.
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