May 20, 2024

Australian low-cost airline Bonza, which began operations simply 15 months in the past, has all of a sudden ceased all flying and entered administration.

Virgin Australia, Qantas, and Jetstar have all supplied to accommodate stranded Bonza passengers on a space-available foundation on their flights.

You may entry Bonza right here.

Bonza’s announcement:

Replace 30 April 2024:

Bonza has quickly suspended companies because of be operated right now (Tuesday thirtieth April), as discussions are at present underway concerning the continued viability of the enterprise. We apologise to our clients who’re impacted by this and we’re working as shortly as attainable to find out a means ahead that ensures there may be ongoing competitors within the Australian home aviation market.

Qantas provide for Bonza passengers:

STATEMENT ON SUPPORT FOR BONZA CUSTOMERS

We perceive right now’s information about Bonza could have a big influence on many individuals’s journey plans.

For Bonza clients who’re because of journey right now or who’re caught away from dwelling, Jetstar and Qantas will help by offering flights without charge the place there are seats obtainable.

Of Bonza’s 36 routes, there are solely six overlapping routes with both Jetstar or Qantas:

  1. Melbourne – Gold Coast (Jetstar)
  2. Melbourne – Sunshine Coast (Jetstar)
  3. Avalon – Gold Coast (Jetstar)
  4. Gold Coast – Cairns (Jetstar)
  5. Melbourne – Mildura (QantasLink)
  6. Melbourne – Alice Springs (Qantas)

If there may be one other shut different route that Jetstar or Qantas operates, clients who have been booked to journey right now or are caught away from dwelling can even journey without charge (e.g. Brisbane as an alternative choice to Gold Coast, or Melbourne as an alternative choice to Avalon).

Bonza clients can contact Jetstar on Dwell Chat or 13 15 38, or Qantas on 13 13 13 to e-book these seats.

We’re persevering with to observe the state of affairs and can present updates of any extra assist for Bonza clients.

Virgin Australia’s lodging coverage:

Conclusion

Bonza joins the lengthy checklist of Australian airways which have folded.

There’s the long-running joke of what’s the quickest technique to develop into a millionaire? Begin with a billion and launch an airline.

Qantas and its Jetstar arm dominate Australian aviation market.

Virgin Australia entered administration through the pandemic, ceased all long-haul flying, and handed again wide-body planes. It was then resurrected as a home airline with the assistance of Bain, a non-public fairness store. It has since restarted regional flying.

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