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Budget airline Bonza claims it has saved Aussie travellers more than $125 million in its first year of operation.

The carrier says that figure is expected to double this year as it delivers upon its mission of making air travel more affordable and accessible, particularly for those in regional Australia.

Since its inaugural flight on January 31 last year, the airline has seen more than 750,000 customers travel to 21 destinations across Australia, with 84% of those routes not served by any other airline and 89% of routes not served by a low-cost carrier.

“We’ve got big plans for 2024 and the Aussie public will benefit,” commented Tim Jordan, Bonza CEO.

“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.”

The airline plans to expand its fleet beyond the six aircraft currently servicing the carrier’s 38 routes, together with additional routes being added and plans for a fourth base before the year is out.

“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,” added Mr Jordan.

To celebrate its ‘Bonzaversary’, the carrier is offering more than 200,000 seats across all routes on its network for $49 per person. The offer runs until February 5 and is subject to availability and selected travel dates.