WINNIPEG – Discount airline NewLeaf Travel is making a “major” announcement in Winnipeg this morning.
The announcement comes after months of uncertainty for those excited about the new travel option.
“Any rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” joked President CEO Jim Young at today’s announcement.
The company based in our city held a big launch in January, but weeks later, they postponed takeoff after the Canadian Transport Agency began renewing licensing issues.
The agency announced it was reviewing legislation about whether carriers like NewLeaf need an air license.
The company’s model was to sell seats on aircraft operated by Flair Airlines, which does have a license.
In March, the agency ruled that NewLeaf’s model was fine and they did not need to have the air license themselves.
So, the discount airline’s first flights will take off July 25, to a dozen Canadian cities. That’s five more than originally planned.
Introductory fares will start as low as $79 dollars, taxes and fees included.
The fare would basically get you a seat and a seatbelt. Add-ons like baggage and seat selection will cost extra.
There could still be one more hiccup for NewLeaf. An airline passenger advocate has been granted the right to appeal the Canadian Transportation Agency’s decision. But Young says they weren’t going to wait to launch because one person didn’t like the decision.