WINNIPEG – First New Leaf, now another new discount air line in Canada is hoping to get off the ground in our city.
Canada Jetlines Ltd. is based out of Richmond, BC but want to set up a maintenance hub in Winnipeg, which would create 250 new jobs, along with providing direct flights to Canadian and American destinations, including LA, Vegas and Phoenix.
CEO Jim Scott says passengers can expect the lowest fees in the country.
“We’ll be looking at fares that are 40 per cent below the lowest fare in industry right now, on average. We’ll charge a little bit extra for bags.”
There’s a bit of a road block in the way right now though, as the airline violates an old Canadian rule banning any foreign investors from owning more than 25 per cent.
Barry Rempel from the Winnipeg Airports Authority says the airline have applied for an exemption with a government.
“Many countries, Europe, Australia, New Zealand for example, have no such restrictions. It harkens back to a day when government really used to be in the airline business when these rules were put in place back in 1944.”
Rempel says there is precedent for exemptions and he’s written a letter of support. He says the government has it within its power to loosen the regulations.
Canada Airlines would compete with discount flyer New Leaf, which just launched last month after its own battle with regulators.