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Hot off the back of last week’s announcement regarding Australia’s newest airline, low-cost carrier Bonza, its CEO Tim Jordan has landed in Newcastle to celebrate two new tropical routes for our region.

Meeting today at Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club with industry stakeholders from across the local tourism sector, Mr Jordan said Newcastle Airport’s catchment was key on Bonza’s new route map.

“We are humbled by the positive response to last week’s announcement including two new routes from Newcastle to the Sunshine Coast and Whitsunday Coast. The news has been met with excitement by travellers who will 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,'' said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza.

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

“At Newcastle Airport, we strive to be the airport our region deserves and 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 last 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 destinations.

“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,” Dr Cock said.

As the Bonza CEO continues to ‘paint Australia purple’ on his tour around Australia, he hinted that more destinations could be on the horizon for Newcastle.

“These new routes are just the beginning for Bonza and Newcastle Airport, and we look forward to continuing discussions to bring more travel choices to people in the Newcastle and Hunter region,” said Tim Jordan.

Dr Peter Cock welcomed Jordan’s aspirations.

More new routes mean bigger opportunities for jobs and growth, and greater connectivity for our region. Perth and Tasmania 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,” he said.

Flights from Newcastle to the Whitsundays and Sunshine Coast will go on sale within the next two months, with flights to commence 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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Pictured: Bonza CEO Tim Jordan with local surfers at Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club

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