The CEO of Australia’s new affordable airline designed for ‘teachers and tradies’ has revealed his predictions on travelling in a post-pandemic world.
Pictured: Bonza CEO Tim Jordan
Tim Jordan, the businessman behind the brand new low cost airline Bonza, said he expected more Australians to choose domestic travel over a flight overseas.
Australians will be free to explore their own backyard when their state surpasses 80 per cent double dose vaccination coverage.
‘There is a lot of pent-up demand for travel in Australia and what we’ve seen around the world is domestic travel has recovered a lot quicker,’ Mr Jordan said.
The airline CEO predicted more travellers would opt to holiday a little closer to home as the country continues to transition to a Covid-normal.
‘The regulations could be more understandable and comfortable and cause people less concern if they’re physically closer to home,’ Mr Jordan said of domestic travel.
‘It’s fantastic that international travel is on the horizon for us, however it’s going to be cumbersome, with more stress involved than historically was the case.
‘There are more hurdles involved with international travel.’
Mr Jordan (pictured) has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry and recently was managing director of FlyArystan, the first low-cost carrier in Central Asia
Mr Jordan predicted travellers from all Australian states would waste no time booking a much-needed beach break at popular ‘leisure destinations’.
‘All of us want to go out and explore, we want to catch up with family and friends,’ the CEO said.
He said Bonza hoped to give the ‘tradies, teachers, kids and carers’ the chance to explore their own backyard at a reduced cost following a tough year.
The airline boss said he had seen a gap in the market for a new domestic airline almost two years before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Australian shores.
He explained that because Australia previously didn’t have an independent, low cost airline it meant there wasn’t a huge amount of competition or price stimulation.
Australia is soon to get a brand new domestic airline called Bonza (pictured, a Bonza plane)
The airline will have a focus on regional communities and ‘leisure destinations’ (pictured, Bateman’s Bay on the NSW South Coast)
Bonza, which is backed by a US investment firm and headed by ex-Virgin Blue executive Tim Jordan, is promising ‘ultra low prices’ to travel the country in 2022.
Bonza’s ambition is broad but it appears there will be a focus on flying to regional communities and ‘leisure destinations’ without a connection at a major city.
Mr Jordan said the airline wasn’t interested in business travellers and instead would prioritise bringing a domestic holiday into the reach of everyday Australians.
The cost of Bonza flights promises to be 30 to 40 per cent lower than their competition with tickets to go on sale during the first quarter of 2022.
Subject to gaining approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, a handful of Boeing 737s are due to take off from the second quarter of next year.
Mr Jordan has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry and recently was managing director of FlyArystan, the first low-cost carrier in Central Asia.
CEO of Bonza airline Tim Jordan predicted Australians will favour a domestic holiday over international travel (pictured, Batemans Bay in NSW)
The airline boss began his career with United Airlines before moving on to Virgin, Cebu Pacific in the Philippines.
US investment firm 777 Partners is backing Bonza, which subject to regulatory approval expects to launch services in early 2022 with Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
‘We see huge potential in the Australian market to deliver the benefits and options that an independent low fare airline brings,’ 777 Partners managing partner Josh Wander said in a statement.
The Miami-based private investment firm also invests in the Canadian airline Flair, the only independent low-cost carrier in the country.
Bonza will sport white and purple livery on its aircraft and plans to base its headquarters in regional Australia, with the exact location yet to be revealed.
The affordable new airline will focus on domestic travel throughout Australia in early 2022 (pictured, people in Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast)
The announcement of the new domestic airline comes just a day after lockdown restrictions were eased in NSW after 106 days of strict stay-at-home orders.
Sydneysiders can now move anywhere across the Harbour City as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, or Shellharbour but are still unable to travel regionally.
Premier Dominic Perrottet on Monday suggested the international border would open for fully vaccinated NSW residents from as early as November 1.
When the state hits the 80 per cent double-dose mark earmarked for October 25, domestic travel will resume with millions finally allowed to book a trip.
The fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel unrestricted all over the state, meaning road trips, camping breaks and holidays up and down the coast will be back on.
Caravan parks and camping grounds will be allowed to operate, including for those that are not fully-vaccinated.
In Victoria, intrastate travel will also be allowed after the 80 per cent fully-jabbed rate is hit – due to be around November 5.
When NSW hits the 80 per cent double-dose mark earmarked for October 25, domestic travel will resume and allow millions to book a trip (pictured, Byron Bay in NSW)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison echoed the premier’s sentiments when he pledged to fast-track international travel for the fully vaccinated in November.
Mr Morrison announced on Monday he had discussed opening the border early for holiday-hungry NSW residents when home quarantine is made available.
‘The NSW premier and I have been discussing how we can accelerate our plan to open international travel when home quarantine is made available,’ he said.
‘I know the NSW Government is looking at ways to fast track home quarantine in November and if that happens we will be able to move to facilitate the opening up of the international border into NSW sooner.
‘Now, that would mean home quarantine for vaccinated Australians wishing to return home via Sydney and giving the option for international travel for vaccinated Australians to leave and return.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged to fast-track international travel for NSW residents once home quarantine becomes available (pictured, a woman in Byron Bay)
Travellers would be required to isolate at home for seven-days after returning from international destinations like London, Fiji, Canada, mainlands Europe and the US.
Australia’s flagship airline Qantas has announced it will resume flights on November 14, with flights scheduled to London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore.
The major airline had planned for international flights to resume on December 18, but said on Friday this would now be moved a month forward.
Qantas will start flying three weekly Sydney to London services and the same number of Sydney to Los Angeles return flights from November 14.
Vaccinated travellers will be able to quarantine at home for seven days upon their return while quarantine-free travel may also be set up for countries like New Zealand.
Australia’s flagship airline Qantas has announced it will resume flights for December 18, with flights scheduled to London, Los Angeles and Vancouver (pictured, a woman in Singapore)
States and territories will resume international travel at different times given varying vaccination rates.
On current projections NSW will hit the 80 per cent vaccination rate on October 16. Victoria will reach the mark on November 23, Queensland on December 8 and Western Australia on December 15.
Qantas will require all passengers to be fully vaccinated while they must also provide a negative PCR Covid test 72 hours before departure.
NSW is conducting a four-week trial of seven-day home quarantine for returning Australians with the aim of stamping out hotel quarantine by the time the borders open late this year.
Where can I travel in NSW at each vaccination milestone?
70 PER CENT VACCINATION (Expected October 11)
– Fully vaccinated residents can travel more than 5km from their homes and leave their LGAs with the scrapping of the travel rule
– But Greater Sydney residents will not be permitted to enter the state’s regions
– Those who are unvaccinated will not be permitted to travel further than 5km from their homes
80 PER CENT VACCINATION (Expected late October)
– Fully-vaccinated residents will be able to travel unrestricted through Greater Sydney and the state’s regional areas
– Greater Sydney residents will be allowed to travel anywhere in the state
CHANGES FROM DECEMBER 1
– Domestic travel within Australia will be permitted but will be remain dependent on the border rules of individual states.
– PM Scott Morrison said he intends to reopen Australia’s border when 80 per cent of the nation’s population is fully vaccinated, expected by December.
– Mr Morrison has pledged to fast-track international travel for fully vaccinated NSW residents by November
– Australian airline Qantas has flagged international flights for the double-jabbed will resume on December 18.