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Australian startup Bonza Airlines announces two new routes to Tamworth

Just a month after announcing its initial route map, the yet-to-takeoff Australian startup Bonza Airlines has announced the addition of Tamworth, New South Wales to its network.

Bonza will launch 2-weekly flights between Tamworth and the Sunshine Coast & between Tamworth and Melbourne. While the exact date is not yet announced, the airline states that these flights will be launched later this year. Both of the new routes are not currently operated by any other airline. These flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing B737MAX fleet.

Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza, said:

When we announced our initial routes last month, it was just the beginning. Here we are just weeks later adding another large regional destination to our offering that will give Aussies more choice when it comes to travel.

He added that people of Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast will now be able to visit Australia’s capital of country music as well as explore the wide open spaces and outdoor activities of the NSW New England region. Likewise, residents of Tamworth and New England will now have the opportunity to take a city break to Melbourne or visit the beaches of the Sunshine Coast with “ultra-low” fares.

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The announcement brings Bonza’s launch network to 17 destinations and 27 routes. Interestingly, 81% of these routes are not served by any airline and 96% are not currently served by a low-cost carrier. Travellers can expect to pay an average of $50 to $100 for a one to two hour flight.

Russell Webb, Mayor, Tamworth Region, said:

We would like to warmly welcome Bonza to the Tamworth region. These new flight paths will be embraced and celebrated, and are a significant link for business travellers, locals planning their next holiday or inviting family and friends to visit, and a new avenue for the region to welcome new markets of travellers. After a tumultuous few years for the travel industry, it is great to see Tamworth Regional Airport’s flight schedule revitalised with increased air services. This exciting announcement aligns perfectly with Council’s Blueprint 100 strategy, helping to create a prosperous region and connecting our region and its citizens.

The low cost carrier, which is yet to receive its Air Operator’s Certificate and its first aircraft, will heavily rely on its Mobile Application. Passengers will be able to do everything from bookings and managing their flights to doing check-in and accessing their boarding passes on the mobile app. Once onboard, the retail offering, travel information and much more will also be available exclusively through the app.

Jordan added:

We encourage everyone to download the Fly Bonza app to be the first in the know for flights going on sale, fare sales, destination news and travel tips.

Featured image by Bonza Airlines

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2 replies on “Australian startup Bonza Airlines announces two new routes to Tamworth”

Am waiting in earnest for flights from Melbourne to Tamworth and vice versa to begin. It will be great to have a service between these two cities that doesn’t cost 2 arms and 2 legs.


The aim of Bonza is to connect smaller towns and the entry of Bonza in Tamworth with flights to Sunshine Coast and Melbourne is good! Qantas provides one-stop options between Tamworth and Melbourne that are honestly so expensive. All we can expect from Bonza is that it stays true to its words and gives low-cost flights to Australians which they are looking out for a really long time!


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