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Coffs Harbour Airport named on Bonza’s inaugural route map in the largest launch announcement in Australia’s aviation history

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15 February 2022

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Coffs Harbour Airport named on Bonza’s inaugural route map in the largest launch announcement in Australia’s aviation history

Bonza, Australia’s only independent low-cost carrier, together with Coffs Harbour Airport have announced a historic partnership that will see the introduction of a twice weekly direct flight to the Sunshine Coast from mid 2022, subject to regulatory approval.

The news is part of the largest announcement in Australia’s aviation history as Bonza reveals its inaugural route map, airport bases, head office location and all-digital approach.

General Manager for Coffs Harbour Airport, Frank Mondello, said he was thrilled about the partnership which will provide Coffs Harbour locals with more holiday destinations at their fingertips.

“Bonza’s announcement of twice weekly flights to the Sunshine Coast is exciting news for locals and a great win for the Coffs Coast,” he said.

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Bonza will commence direct services between Coffs Harbour – Sunshine Coast in mid-2022, subject to regulatory approval.

 

“Whether it’s visiting for work or to reconnect with family and friends, Bonza has brought together two great cities which will no doubt bring a welcome boost to the local economy. In addition, Bonza’s route map will connect the Coffs Coast to a number of destinations in North Queensland through the Sunshine Coast Airport.

“This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, with state borders opening and confidence in travel finally returning.”

In October last year, Bonza announced it was taking to Australian skies and promised not to fly the golden triangle between Australia’s three largest cities. Today, they deliver on that promise by giving more choice to people living in regional areas, says Tim Jordan, CEO at Bonza.

“As someone who calls Coffs home, I know first-hand how important it is for people in our regions to have more choice when it comes to their next holiday. Not only will the flights open up new markets for the region’s tourism industry, locals will have the opportunity to explore their own backyard with ultra-low fares,” said Tim Jordan, CEO for Bonza.

Jordan also shared Bonza’s decision to go paperless with the launch of its own app saying its commitment to technology is part of a broader focus on customer experience and sustainability: “We encourage everyone to download the new app to be the first in the know for flights going on sale, fare sales, destination news and travel tips. We’re also offering, via the app, the chance to win flights”.

Once all functions are added to the app in the coming weeks, it will be where Aussies can plan, book and manage their bookings. It’ll also be where travellers can check in and access their boarding passes – eliminating the need for paper passes at the airport. Once onboard, the retail offering, travel information and much more will be available exclusively through the app.

Australians are encouraged to download the app “Fly Bonza” on the Apple App Store or Google Play now and keep an eye out for updates as new functions are added. Flights are due to go on sale within the next eight weeks, pending regulatory approval.

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For media interviews, please contact: Ali Hiddlestone / 0467 541 542

Bonza:
Heather Mollins, heather@hm.consulting or 0412421411

Coffs Harbour Airport:
Ali Hiddlestone, ali@steppingstonemedia.com.au or 0467 541 542.

Virgin Australia recommences seasonal services between Coffs Harbour and Melbourne

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18 November 2021

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Virgin Australia recommences seasonal services between Coffs Harbour and Melbourne

Coffs Harbour Airport will today welcome back the Virgin Australia service between Coffs Harbour and Melbourne, with VA1129 from Melbourne touching down at 4:10pm.

Commencement of Virgin Australia seasonal services coincide with the recent easing of travel restrictions between New South Wales and Victoria for fully vaccinated travellers.

Up to 7 services per week will operate between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour between 18 November 2021 and 25 April 2022, and will provide more than 20,000 seats between the two cities across the peak Christmas holiday period.

Virgin Australia’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Alistair Hartley said the airline was pleased to reintroduce the return service between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour, as restrictions ease and interstate travel increases.

“Virgin Australia is looking forward to connecting more travellers between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour this summer,” said Mr Hartley.

“Thanks to this service, more Victorians will be able to enjoy one of New South Wales’ most beautiful holiday destinations, including the incredible beaches of Coffs Harbour and a gateway to other treasures in the region, like Nambucca Heads, Bellingen, Dorrigo and Woolgoolga.

“To give customers added confidence when making a new booking, we are continuing to waive applicable change fees and allowing unlimited changes for bookings for travel between now and 30 April 2022,” he said.

Frank Mondello, General Manager for Coffs Harbour Airport, said he was buoyed by Virgin Australia’s new seasonal service, and sees the commencement of the route as a real opportunity for the region.

“Off the back of Virgin Australia’s re-entry to the region last week with their Sydney service, this seasonal service to Melbourne is a real vote of confidence in our region.”

 

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Coffs Harbour Airport General Manager, Frank Mondello celebrates the MEL-CFS service with Virgin Australia cabin crew.

 

“Offering passengers the ability to travel direct, this allows travellers to spend more time on their holiday without the need for increased travel time through connecting services at other airports.

“It’s wonderful that friends and family can be reconnected just in time for the peak Christmas holiday season”.

The commencement of the new service is welcome news too for the local tourism industry who have faced adversity in recent months, providing a much-needed boost to business.

“Our tourism operators have been doing it tough in recent months but with our stunning beaches and variety of experiences across the Coffs Coast, we expect these services to be popular with high-value travellers who stay longer and spend more”, Mr Mondello said.

The arrival of this service comes a week after the carrier resumed their Sydney service.

Across the two routes, the major capacity boost will deliver more than 54,000 seats across the peak Christmas school holiday period. Both services are operated by a 176 seat Boeing 737 jet.

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Coffs Harbour Airport welcomes Virgin Australia back into the region

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11 November 2021

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Coffs Harbour Airport welcomes Virgin Australia back into the region

Virgin Australia has today recommenced services into Coffs Harbour Airport with VA1161 from Sydney touching down at 8:20am.

Following the recent easing of travel restrictions across New South Wales, Virgin Australia’s re-entry into the region comes at a pertinent time as pent-up travel demand from Sydneysiders remains high.

The service will run at least daily, with up to 11 flights a week between Sydney and Coffs Harbour over the peak Christmas school holiday period and will inject over 3,800 seats each week between the two destinations.

Virgin Australia’s Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Alistair Hartley said he was looking forward to connecting more Australians over the summer holidays, as further restrictions ease and vaccination rates increase.

“The return service between Coffs Harbour and Sydney is a great way to encourage more Aussie families to take a well-deserved holiday this summer,” said Mr Hartley.

“By linking these two great centres, we want to give more people the opportunity to experience the beautiful beaches of Coffs Harbour and the Big Banana as well as provide access to the stunning surrounding region including Nambucca Heads, Bellingen, Dorrigo and Woolgoolga.

“To give customers added confidence when making a new booking, we are continuing to waive applicable change fees and allowing unlimited changes for bookings for travel between now and 30 April 2022,” he said.

Frank Mondello, General Manager for Coffs Harbour Airport, said he was excited by Virgin Australia’s return to the region, and looks forward to the airline offering locals more choice when it comes to air travel.

“Virgin Australia’s addition of Sydney services is fantastic news for locals, as this provides more flexibility and choice for passengers travelling between our capital city, and the Coffs Coast.

“With flights daily, Virgin Australia will be able to accommodate both leisure travellers and the growing business market which will be a welcome boost to the local economy.

“These services couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as we look forward to reconnecting friends and families leading up to the holiday season”.

The arrival of this service comes exactly one week prior to the carrier operating a new route and seasonal service for the region, Melbourne to Coffs Harbour.

Across the two routes, the major capacity boost will deliver more than 54,000 seats across the peak Christmas school holiday period. Both services will be operated by a 176 seat Boeing 737 jet.

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Agilis Airports Corporate Relations team: 0439 835 301

Safety is always our destination: Coffs Harbour Airport stands with aviation industry for Airport Safety Week 2021

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20 October 2021

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Safety is always our destination: Coffs Harbour Airport stands with aviation industry for Airport Safety Week 2021

Coffs Harbour Airport has joined forces with local aviation operators to carry out a safety inspection of its runway as part of national Airport Safety Week 2021.

Airport-based personnel participated in the ‘Foreign Object Debris’ (FOD) walk on Wednesday, 20 October, to help locate material which may pose as safety hazards which could include pavement fragments, small rocks, sand or paper.

Airport staff and tenants gather together for Airport Safety Week 2021.

 

Coffs Harbour Airport General Manager, Frank Mondello, said in line with this year’s theme – ‘safety is always our destination’ – the exercise signified collaboration with the aviation industry which continued to endure the effects of COVID-19.

“Safety is at the heart of everything we do here, and today’s activation brings awareness to the measures undertaken behind the scenes to ensure the safety of our people and our passengers,” Mr Mondello said.

Mr Mondello said improved safety measures also featured throughout Coffs Harbour Airport’s terminal in response to COVID-19 and reminded everyone of the need to play their part.

“We know that Coffs Harbour will be a highly sought-after destination as more flights come into our region, and it’s important for us to continue to build consumer confidence in air travel and demonstrate our commitment to safety,” Mr Mondello said.

“We will continue to look for ways to improve our passenger experience as safety is our highest priority.

“Whether on the airfield or in our terminal, our staff and on-airport community are focussed on ensuring the safety of all who visit Coffs Harbour Airport.”

Thousands of employees at airports and aerodromes across Australia and New Zealand will participate in Airport Safety Week which is between 18-22 October 2021 and is an initiative of the Australian Airports Association (AAA).

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Media contact: Agilis Airports Corporate Relations team: 0439 835 301

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Virgin announces direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne in massive capacity boost

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8 October 2021

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Virgin announces direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne in massive capacity boost

Coffs Harbour Airport today welcomed the announcement that Virgin Australia will resume its service to Sydney and launch a new seasonal service to Melbourne, coinciding with Summer holidays and easing restrictions.

The seasonal service from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour will run from 18 November to 25 April and operate up to seven services a week, expected to provide more than 2,400 seats a week between the two destinations.

The Sydney to Coffs Harbour service recommences on 11 November and will run at least daily, with up to 14 flights a week, injecting almost 5,000 seats each week between the two destinations.

Across the two routes, the major capacity boost will deliver more than 310,000 seats a year. Both services will be operated by a 176 seat Boeing 737 jet.

“Virgin Australia is thrilled to re-introduce services from Sydney and Melbourne to Coffs Harbour in time for the busy Christmas holiday period,” said Mr Hartley.

“Virgin Australia will provide over 14,500 seats each month to Coffs Harbour for our guests to experience the beautiful beaches, incredible National Parks and of course visit the Big Banana!

“We know many travellers, particularly those from New South Wales and Victoria, will be excited to experience the freedom to travel again and our flights will not only provide an opportunity to explore more of our wonderful country, but to reunite with friends and family in time for the summer holidays.

“The flights will provide a massive injection into the local tourism economy, not to mention allow more Virgin Australia team members to return to the skies, which they have dearly missed the past few months.”

Frank Mondello, General Manager for Coffs Harbour Airport, said he was thrilled to welcome the Virgin services to Coffs Harbour Airport, which showed a strong vote of confidence in the Coffs region and Coffs Harbour Airport.

“We believe by building more connections and supporting growth, Coffs Harbour Airport will play a critical role in helping the region recover from COVID-19 and reach its potential as a vibrant hub,” Mr Mondello said.

“The Virgin services provide more choice and frequency for passengers travelling between Coffs and the southern capitals of Sydney and Melbourne, and will cater to significant pent up travel demand from local people keen to connect to family and friends and the growing business travel market.

“Of course, we know the Coffs Coast is a highly sought after holiday destination with its beautiful beaches, stunning hinterland and relaxed coastal villages.

“We expect these services will be really popular with high-value travellers who stay longer and spend more, which will be a welcome boost to many of our tourism businesses who have been doing it tough over recent months.”

To celebrate, Virgin Australia is offering the following one-way Economy sale fares from now until 11:59PM AEST today, or until sold out:

  • Sydney – Coffs Harbour//Coffs Harbour – Sydney from just $45
  • Melbourne – Coffs Harbour//Coffs Harbour – Melbourne from just $85

All fares can be booked at virginaustralia.com and include Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and up to double Status Credits as part of the Velocity’s promotional bonus Status offer launched last month.

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SALE FARE TERMS & CONDITIONS: 

*Fares are on sale from 1am to 11:59pm AEST on 8 October 2021, unless sold out prior. For travel on selected dates between 11 November 2021 and 14 December 2021 and between 10 January 2022 and 6 April 2022 (inclusive) booked at virginaustralia.com. Travel periods and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Seat selection and checked baggage are not included in Economy Lite fares. Payment surcharge may apply. Full T&Cs at www.virginaustralia.com

**Changes must be made prior to travel date. Fare differences may apply. Cancellations with refund to other forms of payment as per fare rules. See virginaustralia.com for terms and conditions.

^Bonus Status Credits Promotion is valid between 12:01am AEST 01 October 2021 to 11:59pm AEDT 31 March 2022 (inclusive). For more information on Status Credits and bonus earn rates, visit https://experience.velocityfrequentflyer.com/partners-offers/airlines/virgin-australia-airlines#tab_earn_points

Terms and conditions and exclusions apply, visit https://experience.velocityfrequentflyer.com/partners-offers/airlines/virgin-australia-airlines/2021-status-offers full terms and conditions.

Media contact: Agilis Airports Corporate Relations team: 0439 835 301

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Coffs Harbour Airport transferred under long term lease to Palisade Investment Partners

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1 June 2021

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Coffs Harbour Airport transferred under long term lease to Palisade Investment Partners

Coffs Harbour Airport operations have now transferred to Palisade Investment Partners, under a long term lease agreement with Coffs Harbour Council.

The 50-year lease (with a 49-year option) begins today and sees incoming General Manager for Coffs Harbour Airport, Frank Mondello, take the reins.

Palisade also confirmed that Coffs Harbour Airport would be supported by a newly established management group, Agilis Airports, which would also oversee Sunshine Coast Airport.

The Agilis Airports team has a track record in Australia and overseas, including experience with Heathrow, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, Gold Coast, Darwin and Sunshine Coast airports. Agilis Airports is headed up by Andrew Brodie, who retains his role as CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport.

Coffs Harbour Airport will be overseen by a board chaired by aviation industry stalwart, Dennis Chant.

General Manager of Coffs Harbour Airport, Frank Mondello, said the Coffs Harbour region had an exciting future, and the Airport had an important role in helping it reach its potential.

“The opportunities for the Coffs Coast region are significant with a stunning natural environment, fantastic lifestyle and enviable geographic location on Australia’s east coast,” Mr Mondello said.

“Over the last few months, we have been working closely with the existing Coffs Harbour Airport team and the Coffs Harbour City Council to add more destinations, airlines and frequencies and to ensure a smooth transition of airport operations.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the tourism industry, local businesses and the broader community to ensure we make the most of the opportunities for the Airport to deliver benefits to the region.”

Investment Director, Palisade Investment Partners, Mike Reynolds, said Coffs Harbour was set to benefit from a significant pipeline of investment, such as the $1.8 billion bypass project and the $194 million Coffs Harbour Hospital Campus Expansion.

“The Coffs Coast region one of the fastest growing regional areas within New South Wales and the Airport presents an exciting opportunity not only for the Coffs community, but also for Palisade investors,” Mr Reynolds said.

“We look forward to working with Coffs Harbour City Council and the broader region to grow the Airport through aviation capacity and diversifying revenue with the development of the Airport Enterprise Park.”

Media contact: Ayllie White, Agilis Airports, 0408 058 263

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Link Airways adds additional direct flights connecting Coffs Harbour and Brisbane

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21 May 2021

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Link Airways adds additional direct flights connecting Coffs Harbour and Brisbane

Coffs Harbour Airport welcomes the news that Link Airways will add further direct flights connecting Coffs Harbour and Brisbane from Sunday 30 May 2021.

These additional direct flights on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will not only improve connectivity for business and tourism but will also put Brisbane within easy reach for medical appointments, leisure and easy access to access to connecting domestic flights.

They also provide passengers from the Coffs Harbour region the opportunity to spend a full business day in Brisbane and return home that same afternoon.

Today’s announcement is further evidence of Link Airways’ commitment to re-grow air services to this vibrant regional centre. Link Airways would also like to take this opportunity to thank loyal customers and the community for the support that they have shown over the last five years.

Key Facts

• Effective Date: Sunday 30 May 2021.
• Flight frequency: Sunday to Friday inclusive, 12 weekly services.
• Fares: $159 one-way all-inclusive Deal fares are available now.
• Bookings: linkairways.com or through on-line and shop front travel agents.
• Customer Service: 1300 851 269 (+61 2 6123 1999).

The full schedule of flights on the route whether direct or via Armidale is reflected below:

Sunday:

BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)

 

Monday:

CFS – BNE: 07:00 – 8:00 (Direct)

BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)

 

Tuesday:

CFS – BNE: 7:00 – 8:00 (Direct)

CFS – BNE: 16:40 – 17:40 (Direct)

BNE – CFS: 14:15 – 16:15 (via Armidale)

 

Wednesday:

CFS – BNE: 16:40 – 17:40 (Direct)

BNE – CFS: 14:15 – 16:15 (via Armidale)

 

Thursday:

BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)

 

Friday:

CFS – BNE: 7:00 – 8:00 (Direct)

CFS – BNE: 17:55 – 19:55 (via Armidale)

BNE – CFS: 16:30 – 17:30 (Direct)

 

Flights between the two destinations can be purchased here: https://www.linkairways.com/

Photo location: Emporium Hotel South Bank

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

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Coffs welcomes Queenslanders with new Qantas flights from Brisbane

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29 April 2021

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Coffs welcomes Queenslanders with new Qantas flights from Brisbane

Coffs Harbour Airport today welcomes the second of two new flight routes operated by Qantas into the region with its Brisbane service.

The new service will connect locals to Queensland’s capital as the second airline to operate the route into Coffs Harbour Airport.

Commencing just in time for the Labour Day (QLD) public holiday, this service will be operated by a turboprop Q400 aircraft four times a week providing over 31,000 seats between the destinations per year.

“These direct flights to Coffs Harbour will help support the growing demand for domestic travel and have flow on benefits for local businesses looking to recover from the impact of COVID-19” says QantasLink CEO John Gissing.

“We want to encourage travellers to holiday around Australia and with these new flights, we’re now offering more seats into Coffs Harbour than before COVID-19.

“The new route to Brisbane means we now offer direct flights from Coffs Harbour to three east coast capital cities, making it easier for residents to travel for business and visit family and friends.”

Incoming Coffs Harbour Airport General Manager, Frank Mondello, said the new service provided a fantastic opportunity for local tourism operators in the wider region.

“Connecting the capital of Queensland to a premier holiday destination in the Coffs Coast, and surrounding Clarence, Bellingen and Nambucca Shires will add a much-needed tourism boost to the economy.

“Not appealing just to holiday makers, this route offered by Qantas will attract business travel as passengers can opt for a 60-minute flight in lieu of the drive along the Pacific Highway.

“We also know plenty of Coffs locals have family and friends up in Brisbane, and what better way than to be from your home into Queensland’s capital within an hour.”

Leading up to the acquisition of a long-term lease of Coffs Harbour Airport by Palisade Investment Group, Mr. Mondello was optimistic about the economic recovery of the region.

“Having these direct flights will not only pave the way for a strong tourism recovery after COVID-19, but will further strengthen the region’s business links.”

Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said she was delighted to see Qantas commence on the Brisbane route.

“Once again Coffs Harbour Airport is able to offer passengers more choice with a second airline servicing Brisbane. South East Queensland is an important market for the Coffs Coast tourism industry so having competition for the hour-long flight between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane will provide another – very welcome – boost to our local economy and broader community.”

Random passengers on the first flight were also surprised with a ‘lucky luggage’ initiative thanks to Coffs Coast. Purchased from businesses directly, passengers on the plane were treated to $50 vouchers to The Big Banana Fun Park, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Surf Club Bar & Restaurant, Montem Bike Tours, Element Bar & C-Change Adventures.

Flights between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane can be purchased here: https://www.qantas.com/au/en.html

Picture credit: Coffs Coast Advocate

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