NewLeaf will offer discount fares for flights through seven Canadian airports starting next month.
“We want to spread the love to Canada’s smaller airports due to their laid back atmosphere, cheaper parking and awesome baggage handling”, a statement says on the company’s website. NewLeaf announced non-stop routes, its initial flight schedule, and unveiled its exclusive online booking system. Flights depart Kelowna for Winnipeg Wednesday and Saturday, Regina Sunday, Saskatoon Monday and Friday and Hamilton Sunday.
From Feb. 12 to March 13, there will be departures from Regina to Kelowna, B.C. on Sundays and departures on Regina to Hamilton on Thursdays.
The airline is also keeping costs lower by not listing on any booking sites – customers have to visit the airline’s own site to book tickets.
NewLeaf is partnering with Kelowna-based charter airline Flair Airlines for planes, crew and maintenance work.
Fares start at CAD89 (US$63), for which passengers receive “a seat and a seatbelt”, according to the company’s website.
The lower costs mean passengers will see charges for carry-on bags, priority boarding and snacks.
NewLeaf’s head office will be in Winnipeg.
NewLeaf says it plans to expand its fleet and number of flights in the years ahead.
For now, the company said it plans to focus on vacation and leisure travel and won’t be offering daily flights.
News conferences in all three cities have been scheduled for this morning, including one at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.
NewLeaf arrives in the Canadian market less than half a year after another small airline, Halifax-based CanJet, suspended its operations.