Budget airline Bonza has received its air operator’s licence to begin flying in Australia, offering Aussies cheap travel to 16 destinations.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) gave the all-clear to the new airline after plans were first announced back in October 2021.
The low-cost carrier went through the authority's rigorous assessment and validation process to ensure it could operate safely, CASA CEO Pip Spence said.
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"This is a significant milestone and we congratulate Bonza on achieving its air operator's certificate," Spence said in a statement.
"The CASA and Bonza teams worked collaboratively throughout the application to ensure the airline's operations met Australia's high aviation-safety standards."
The budget airline is expected to travel to 16 destinations across the country, 93 per cent of which are not currently served by any other airline.
Bonza CEO Tim Jordan described it as a "historic moment for Australian aviation".
"The excitement for what we are about to deliver is palpable and the timing couldn't be better," Jordan said.
"Demand for domestic travel is high and Aussies deserve for travel to be a basic right for many, not a luxury for the few."
The airline will have two bases - one on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and the other in Melbourne - and aims to give Aussies more options at a low cost with flights expected to start from just $50.
“With destinations ranging from Albury to the Whitsundays, travellers will now be able to fly, instead of impossibly long road trips, as well as fly direct without a stopover in a major city,” Jordan said.
“Aussies can look forward to enjoying more time at their destination and spending less of their hard-earned cash getting there in the first place.”
The 16 destinations are:
- With AAP