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Bonza announces flights grounded until Wednesday

Fallout is continuing after Bonza was officially placed into voluntary administration just hours after cancelling all flights.

Shortly after 8am Wednesday, the CEO of the budget regional airline, Tim Jordan, released a statement saying all services would be "temporarily suspended" and adding that discussions were being had about the ongoing viability of the business.

Qantas, which has six overlapping Bonza routes with either Jetstar or QantasLink, said Bonza customers who were stuck away from home have been provided flights at no cost where there are seats available.

Meanwhile Virgin Australia also said they would immediately support any passengers stranded mid-journey by offering complimentary seats on Virgin-operated flights to the airport nearest to their final planned Bonza destination.

Transport minister Catherine King says she has spoken to Qantas and Virgin CEOs, and her Department has reached out to Bonza with the expectation that they keep passengers informed of their options and their consumer rights.

Qantas group has also since released a further statement:

“We extend our thoughts to our aviation industry colleagues and their families – from pilots and cabin crew to flight planners and operations controllers - who will all feel the impact of today’s news. 

If Bonza employees would like to discuss recruitment opportunities within Jetstar and Qantas, particularly in specialised fields which are unique to aviation, we’ve set up a dedicated page on our careers website.”

Bonza commenced operations less than 500 days ago in January 2023 after their initial start date of 2022 was pushed back


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