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Bonza heads offshore with its latest expansion into Tasmania

The Australian low-cost carrier is growing beyond the mainland, introducing its first route into the Apple Isle.

Bonza will cross the Bass Strait and add Launceston to its destination list.

Tasmania will become fledgling low-cost carrier Bonza’s fourth Australian state with a new year-round service between the Gold Coast and Launceston set to launch from November.

The announcement marks a significant milestone for both the airline and the region, as it will be the first time Bonza will be operating in Tasmania, with its 12th Gold Coast route adding to its growing list of destinations.

Starting from 21 November, Bonza will offer three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays between the Gold Coast and Launceston – the first time the two cities have been connected by a nonstop flight.

Tickets for the new route are now available through registered travel advisors and on the Fly Bonza app, with fares starting at $79 per person each way.

Bonza Chief Commercial Officer, Carly Povey, said the airline was committed to connecting underserved routes.

“Today is a Bonza day for ‘Launnie’ and ‘Goldie’ locals who can now enjoy more of their backyard with direct flights that don't cost the earth," Povey said.

Bonza's revised network map now features Tasmania.

This new low-cost route not only offers convenience to travellers but also opens doors for tourism and trade opportunities in both the Gold Coast and Launceston.

“It's good news for Aussie travellers and the many small to medium businesses who make up the local tourism and hospitality industries,” Povey added.

Launceston, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and a gateway to natural wonders like Cradle Mountain, becomes Bonza's first destination outside of Australia's East Coast on its route map.

The announcement was met with enthusiasm by Launceston Airport CEO Shane O'Hare, who sees Bonza's arrival as a significant boon for Tasmania.

“Bonza is doing things differently and by providing direct connections between new parts of the country, they are making it more affordable for Australians to explore their own backyard,” O'Hare noted.

O’Hare also highlighted the potential for increased tourism from south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

"Launceston is one of the best city break destinations in Australia, and as the gateway to many of our state's incredible natural wonders, we are thrilled to be chosen as Bonza's Tasmanian launching pad.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 24 August 2023

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