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Flights direct to Whitsundays as Bonza takes off

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Bonza launched its twice weekly service from Newcastle to the Whitsunday Coast on Thursday.

The discount airline is keen to make the regular connection between the Hunter Valley and the Great Barrier Reef a pathway for both overseas travellers and locals alike.

“Forget the hassle of overseas travel with this direct route connecting Newcastle to Airlie Beach and the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays,” Bonza CEO Tim Jordan said.

“If you’re after a touch of art and culture, fly direct to Newcastle where there are more art galleries and artists per capita than anywhere else in the country.”

Today’s new route is part of Bonza’s ongoing launch, with this week seeing the introduction of flights between the Sunshine Coast and Cairns, Newcastle and Melbourne Tullamarine.

Yesterday, Wednesday 29 March, Bonza launched Cairns to Mackay and on Friday it will introduce a Cairns to Rockhampton service.

The ramp up comes as Bonza looks to enjoy its first-ever peak holiday period with Easter and school holidays kicking off this week in Queensland. 

Bonza says hundreds of thousands of people had dowloaded the Bonza app in recent weeks, taking it to number one most popular app on Android and number one in the travel section of Apple. 

“The response so far has been nothing short of Bonza,” Jordan said.

“Customers are loving our brand new planes, all Aussie menu and the service onboard by our inflight legends. Forward bookings are looking strong and we’re getting ready to add additional flights for sale soon including Christmas and summer holidays.”

Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Julie Hall applauded Bonza for exploring new routes to make it easy for Aussie families in regional areas to reconnect.

“Connecting the amazing Newcastle and Hunter Valley wine region to the beautiful Whitsundays, heart of the Great Barrier Reef is a win for both communities,” she said. 

“From the vines to the reef opens a huge catchment area that can now access budget direct flights to the wonderful Whitsundays.”

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock once again expressed his excitement about the partnership with Bonza.

“We are delighted to have Bonza as a partner in expanding our flight network and supporting the growth of our regional tourism industry,” he said.

“Our region now has access to a whole new era in low-cost air travel. This is something not available in Sydney. Bonza’s innovative low-cost model means people can now travel to the Whitsundays for as little as $79 (per person) one way.

“This coupled with the convenience of flying from Newcastle Airport and low-cost parking means an affordable journey for all travellers, whether they are families, couples, or solo adventurers.”

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