Abbotsford/Ottawa/Hamilton (BNN)– The first flight from discount travel company NewLeaf Travel is scheduled to take off in February.
The Winnipeg-based carrier unveiled its initial flight schedule and exclusive online booking system Wednesday, and announced non-stop routes between these seven Canadian cities
- Hamilton, Ont.
- Halifax, N.S.
- Winnipeg, Man.
- Regina, Sask.
- Saskatoon, Sask.
- Kelowna, B.C.
- Abbotsford, B.C.
“We did a significant amount of demand research that says there’s sizable demand in each one of those destinations,” Dean Dacko, NewLeaf Chief Commercial Officer, told BNN’s Jameson Berkow.
NewLeaf is promoting one-way flights as low as $89, to fly between Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon and Abbotsford. The company said it plans to operate two to three flights per week to each destination, using five Boeing 737-400s supplied by its Kelowna-based partner, Flair Airlines. Each plane can carry about 150 passengers.
“Our business model, introductory fares and routes are all about making air travel possible for a greater number of Canadians seeking alternatives to the status quo,” Jim Young, NewLeaf President and CEO, said in a press release.
“The ultra-low-cost business model we’re using has proven successful around the world, and we’re excited to bring it to Canada,
While NewLeaf promises low ticket prices, passengers will be charged a fee for carry-on baggage, seat selection, priority boarding and in-flight snacks, according the company’s website.
“Our plan is to grow quickly, and add more aircrafts to our fleet,” Dacko said.
For now, the company said it plans to focus on vacation and leisure travel and won’t be offering daily flights.