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New tropical routes a boon for Bonza, Newcastle: CEO


Bonza CEO Tim Jordan believes Newcastle Airport’s catchment is key to the low-cost carrier’s new route map.

The chief executive officer, who met with industry stakeholders from across the local tourism sector at the Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club on Wednesday 23 February, sang the praises of the airline’s latest destinations, the Sunshine Coast and Whitsunday Coast.

“We are humbled by the positive response to last week’s announcement,” Mr Jordan said.

“The news – of our flights from Newcastle to the Sunshine Coast and to the Whitsunday Coast – has been met with excitement by travellers.

“They’ll be able to explore their own backyard at ultra-low fares as well as the travel industry who will benefit from the introduction of new markets.”

Mr Jordan also hinted more destinations could be on the horizon for Newcastle.

“These new routes are just the beginning for Bonza and Newcastle Airport,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to continuing discussions to bring more travel choices to people in Newcastle and the Hunter.”

Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said the region had given Bonza a big “thumbs up”.

“We strive to be the airport our region deserves,” he explained.

“There’s a great alignment here with Bonza’s vision to connect regional Australia with wherever they want to travel.

“Feedback from our customers over the past week has been amazing.

“Both The Whitsundays and Sunshine Coast are destinations I know our region wants to visit.

“Doing so directly from Newcastle Airport means they’ll be getting to their favourite tropical leisure destinations so much more easily.

“And, importantly, people from Queensland will now have greater access to our amazing regional attractions.

“Bonza adds to Newcastle Airport’s growing route map and gives our region confidence that when they want to fly, they can do it at the right cost, easily and conveniently at Newcastle Airport.

“Perth and Tasmania still remain firmly on our radar as the next key domestic targets.

“Success will mean we are directly connected to all state capitals across the nation.”

Flights from Newcastle to the Whitsundays and Sunshine Coast will go on sale within the next two months, with flights to begin later in 2022.

For those looking to travel sooner, Cairns and Adelaide services are two other new routes that have enjoyed great booking success in recent weeks.


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