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Low-cost airline Bonza has announced a new route, linking Maroochydore and Launceston, as it celebrates one year in the sky.

It will be the first direct route between the Sunshine Coast and Tasmania, unlocking tourism opportunities for both locations.

Bonza CEO Tim Jordan said the new travel option would make travel to and from the island state much more efficient.

“We are delighted to connect the Sunny Coast and Launnie with direct low-cost air travel, allowing customers to save time and money by avoiding lengthy road trips or metro city transfers and instead be able to maximise their holiday,” he said via a Bonza media release.

“The route is available to book now via the Fly Bonza app and those who get in quick can secure seats for as little as $49 per person one way as part of our ‘Bonzaversary’ sale that goes until February 5.”

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The new service will operate twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, with flights from just $89 per person one way.

It’s the airline’s 12th route from its home base at Sunshine Coast Airport and second route from Launceston Airport (the other is to the Gold Coast), providing a significant boost to tourism opportunities in both regions.

The spectacular wilderness of Tasmania. Picture: Shutterstock

“Launceston locals can ditch their Tassie tuxedos and explore more than 100km of sandy beaches while Sunny Coast travellers can lace up their hiking boots for an overland adventure across Tasmania as both destinations offer contrasting holiday options,” Mr Jordan said.

“Our Bonza legends are humbled by the ongoing community support from both the Sunshine Coast and Launceston. This service is great news for travellers and for local tourism and hospitality industries.”

Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills heralded the new route.

“The new direct service provides a significant boost to both regions, connecting our two tourism destinations for the very first time,” Mr Mills said.

“It will open up a new market for tourism operators here on the Sunshine Coast, with Tasmanians now having direct access to our pristine beaches, incredible restaurants and unique experiences.

“Launceston is now the 15th destination on offer from Sunshine Coast Airport and places Tasmania firmly on the doorstep for locals. Launceston has a rich history and offers culinary experiences with incredible natural wonders for people to explore.

“Our partnership with Bonza has helped connect the Sunshine Coast to new destinations across Australia, creating more ease, choice, and flexibility. It’s an exciting time for the airport and our region.”

Families love Sunshine Coast beaches. Picture: Visit Sunshine Coast.

Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said the route would link two of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

“We’re thrilled to see Bonza expanding its Tasmanian footprint and opening new markets for tourists to visit our beautiful part of the world and discover the city of gastronomy,” he said.

“The Sunshine Coast is a growing hub for small and medium businesses so this connection will also help facilitate the growth of Tasmanian enterprises by providing new opportunities for collaboration.”

Travellers are encouraged to download the Fly Bonza app which is the only place to book direct.

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