Australian low-cost startup airline Bonza said the country’s civil aviation regulator granted permission for it to operate scheduled passenger flights, marking the entry of a new player into a duopoly market. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority confirmed it had granted the low-cost carrier an Air Operator’s Certificate.
Bonza will enter a domestic aviation market dominated heavily by Qantas and Virgin Australia. According to the country’s competition regulator, Qantas and its unit Jetstar together flew over 60 per cent of domestic passengers in October 2022, while Virgin Australia flew 33.6 per cent.
However, Bonza, backed by US private investment firm 777 Partners, has its eyes on routes not served, or under-served by its larger rivals. The airline is now preparing to begin selling tickets for its initial 27 routes, from its base on the Sunshine Coast.