The aviation regulator’s approval for Bonza to utilize its Canadian sister airline’s planes and crew for flights to the Gold Coast may alleviate pressure on airfares leading up to Christmas. Bonza had faced setbacks, suspending flights from Darwin and delaying plans for Avalon, the Whitsundays, and Cairns due to challenges in meeting Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval requirements for integrating Canada-registered aircraft from parent company Flair Airlines.
Following the CASA approval, Bonza promptly resumed flights, expressing gratitude to customers for their patience and announced fare reductions. The airline initiated flights from the Whitsundays, establishing a second base on the Gold Coast with two wet-leased Flair aircraft.
An additional development noted in a recent analysis revealed that Bonza’s entry into the Melbourne to Gold Coast route in mid-November contributed to a substantial decrease of up to 54.4 percent in fares by rival Virgin Australia. The Australian Airport Association’s analysis, commissioned by Melbourne Airport, highlighted that December of the previous year marked the “most expensive month in Australian aviation history, especially around the Christmas week.”