Sunshine Coast well connected for business events

The arrival of low-cost carrier Bonza and the return of Air New Zealand's seasonal services are giving Sunshine Coast a significant competitive edge in attracting national conferences and events to the region.

Getting delegates and groups to the Sunshine Coast is now even easier thanks to Australia’s new low-cost carrier, Bonza, which is delivering 13 additional direct services from key regional and metropolitan markets.

The new services will complement existing direct services from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, and seasonal direct services from Auckland with Air New Zealand, bringing an additional 772,000 seats into the region.

Out of the 13 destinations the airline will connect into the Sunshine Coast, 10 have never previously been serviced, including Cairns, Rockhampton, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Albury and Melbourne.

Visit Sunshine Coast business events manager, Ali Thompson, said Bonza would further emphasise the Sunshine Coast’s credentials as a highly-accessible destination and regional conferencing hub.

“The new routes will open up our destination to many markets from which we’ve never had direct access before, and local operators involved in the business events sector are very excited about the positive impacts this enhanced level of connectivity will deliver,” Thompson said.

Sunshine Coast Airport, where Bonza is headquartered, will also welcome the return of Air New Zealand’s direct service between the Sunshine Coast and Auckland from 25 June 2023, making it one of Queensland’s most well-connected airports.

The return seasonal service will operate three times per week, on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, until 15 October.

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