Australia’s Bonza suddenly suspends all operations | Airlines

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On the morning of April 30, 2024, Australian low-cost carrier Bonza announced that it would be suspending all operations with immediate effect. The official reason provided by the company regarding the suspension of flights cited “discussions currently underway regarding the ongoing viability of the business”.   

“We apologize to our customers who are impacted by this and we’re working as quickly as possible to determine a way forward that ensures there is ongoing competition in the Australian domestic aviation market,” added a company statement.  

In the meantime, and amid growing speculation surrounding the financial affairs of Bonza’s primary investor, Miami-based 777 Partners, there are widespread reports that at the end of April 29, 2024, with Bonza’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft fleet on the ground, all were repossessed by lessor AIP Capital.    

“I am aware of reports this morning of Bonza flights being canceled,” Australian Transport Minister Catherine King said. “I have spoken to Qantas and Virgin CEOs and both airlines stand ready to assist stranded passengers needing to get home.” 

Following the minister’s comments, Australia’s other leading scheduled carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia both issued statements saying that both airlines will try to help out stranded Bonza customers. 

“We understand today’s news about Bonza will have…


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