On August 24th, Whitsunday Coast Airport made an exciting announcement: a new airline, Bonza, was coming to the Whitsundays through a successful partnership with a Sunshine Coast-based company.

Bonza celebrated receiving its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), a vital step that paved the way for ticket sales. Craig Turner, Chief Operating Officer for Aviation and Tourism at Whitsunday Regional Council, expressed his enthusiasm for Bonza's inaugural flight, connecting the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays. Tickets were soon to be available, with the first flight anticipated in January.

Bonza, Australia's only independent low-cost carrier, revealed an ambitious route map, encompassing 17 destinations and 27 routes. Remarkably, 93 percent of these routes were currently unserved by any other airline, and 96 percent lacked low-cost carrier options.

Whitsunday residents would soon benefit from direct flights to the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, and Toowoomba. Sunshine Coast flights would operate thrice weekly, with Newcastle flights twice weekly. Additional aircraft would bring Toowoomba into the mix with two weekly flights.

Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza, described this moment as historic for Australian aviation, emphasizing the growing demand for domestic travel and the need to make travel accessible amid rising living costs. Bonza's arrival promised to provide affordable travel options and enhance connectivity for travelers across Australia.