NewLeaf Travel will not be taking off as scheduled on February 12.
If you have booked a flight with the low-cost service, you’ll be getting your money back. No one will be able to book seats with them for now.
The company says the reason is the Canadian Transportation Agency’s review of the licensing regulation it flies under.
NewLeaf itself did not have an operating license. It partnered with Flair Airlines, who was providing the aircraft and the license.
The CTA is reviewing those license requirements, but said that NewLeaf could still fly.
But CEO Jim Young says that during this uncertain time, it didn’t want to put anyone’s travel plans at risk.
“They’ve given us an exemption while they are conducting the review. But we don’t know what’s going to happen once the review is completed. What we want to do is to see what the CTA review comes out with to see whether we need to get a licence or whether we can continue on with the way things are.”
The airline, which is headquartered in Winnipeg, launched less than two weeks ago. It offered flights to places like Abbotsford, Kelowna and Hamilton for as little as $89.
Fares included a seat and a seatbelt. Checking or carrying on a bag, selecting a seat and other services were paid add-ons.
It hopes to take off again in the spring.