Posted on: 25 July 2016 by Mark Howells
NewLeaf Travel has completed its inaugural passenger flights to Kelowna and Hamilton from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport where the carrier has its headquarters.
“Today we have made history in Canada. There is now an ultra-low-cost air travel option for Canadians,” remarked Jim Young, president and CEO, 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.”
The new low-fare airline will soon operate 12 times weekly from Winnipeg, flying to Hamilton and Kelowna as well as Abbotsford, Victoria and Edmonton. NewLeaf will also serve Halifax, Kamloops, Moncton, Regina and Saskatoon, making 11 cities in total.
Flights booked through NewLeaf will be operated by Flair Airlines, a licensed Canadian airline flying Boeing 737?400s. 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 licence.
“Success in this venture and in this community is about working with partners to deliver the initiatives and services that our travellers desire,” commented 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.”