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Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016
NewLeaf Travel, Canada’s new low-cost travel company, operated its inaugural passenger flights to Kelowna and Hamilton from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport on July 25, 2016. NewLeaf will soon operate 12 times weekly from Winnipeg, flying to Hamilton and Kelowna as well as Abbotsford, Victoria and Edmonton.
“Success in this venture and in this community is about working with partners to deliver the initiatives and services that our travellers desire,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA). “Today’s inaugural flights speak to both NewLeaf’s and WAA’s dedication to our community.”
Headquartered in Winnipeg, NewLeaf Travel will operate from 11 Canadian cities: Halifax, Moncton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Abbotsford and Victoria.
Flights booked through NewLeaf will be operated by Flair Airlines, a licensed Canadian airline with experienced crews and pilots flying Boeing 737‐400 passenger jets. In March 2016, the Canadian Transportation Agency’s review of licensing regulations determined that as a reseller of air services, NewLeaf Travel Company is not required to hold an airline license.
“Today we have made history in Canada. There is now an ultra-low-cost air travel option for Canadians,” said Jim Young, President and CEO of NewLeaf Travel Company. “The journey to get here hasn’t been without challenges, but today is proof that we are a dedicated group that is committed to providing Canadians with a good deal.”
Introductory fares from Winnipeg to Hamilton or Kelowna start at $99.00. As part of their low-cost model, NewLeaf Travel passengers are able to customize their journey by purchasing priority boarding, on-board drinks, snacks, carry-on baggage and checked baggage, among other items.