Interesting suggestion re: Bonza. Is there ( and where) would be secondary markets for them to fly to NZ ? Newcastle potentially. Interested in thoughts if where else from a NZ perspective.
From a regional New Zealand POV, there have been Australian flights in the past from HLZ, PMR, ROT and DUD. Flights were also announced from TRG (on K2000), but never eventuated. And IVC has previously pitched to have trans-Tasman flights there, but to no avail.
Of these, DUD might be a good one to test. VA flew BNE-DUD until before Covid, and reportedly had good loads. But it would be heavily New Zealand-originating traffic. ROT or TRG would have stronger tourism appeal, if Bonza wanted to focus on Australian-originating traffic.
Cheers. The way I'm looking at this is what Australian ( secondary ) ports would best serve AKL or CHC ? Conversely what Australian secondary ports ( if any ) would pick up NZ originating traffic from AKL etc. I could see them potentially doing MCY to AKL despite NZ being on the route.
There's not a huge list of possibilities here. It also depends if we're looking at new airports or new routes.
In Australia: CBR, NTL, AVV are the obvious contenders but outside options could be CFS, LST, MKY, PPP, TSV.
In New Zealand: You're only options are HLZ, PMR, DUD, IVC... I'll add ROT but they've got massive issues in their tourism sector right now.
Next up who is the target market and which directly is stronger?
Kiwis going to northern NSW / QLD to find warmer temps.. that's seasonal. Aussies coming to NZ for holiday or VFR - that relies on larger catchments in Oz.
New city pairs are more likely. ADL-CHC for example.
Opening ex NZ from PMR/DUD comes with the risk of NZ launching the route in competition. Opening a new gateway within Australia coming to an existing NZ airport holds much lower risk of NZ doing this but how many Kiwis will buy on this...