Saskatoon International Airport is welcoming new ultra low-cost carrier, NewLeaf Travel Co. to the airport and community.
NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. will resume sales with ultra-low fares and an expanded route map. Customers will be able to book flights on the NewLeaf Travel Company website from 12 Canadian cities: Halifax, Moncton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Abbotsford and Victoria. The first flights will take off July 25.
Saskatoon (YXE) will have regular service to Hamilton (YHM) two times per week and to Kelowna (YLW) two times per week. For complete schedule details visit the NewLeaf website.
In March, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) completed its review of licensing regulations and determined that, as a reseller of air services, NewLeaf Travel Co. is not required to hold an airline license.
Flights booked through NewLeaf will be operated by Flair Airlines, a licensed Canadian airline.
“We will absolutely adhere to the CTA’s clarified rules for resellers, and have taken the past few months to review our practices to make sure we are in full compliance. We are glad that we took the extra time to plan our re-launch as we wanted to protect consumers and offer them long term business stability,” said Jim Young, president and CEO of NewLeaf Travel Company. “It has taken a bit of time to get off the ground but we are excited to now bring to Canada the ultra-low cost business model that has proven successful around the world.”
“Saskatoon welcomes NewLeaf to our city and province. We are delighted to host a new ‘low-cost’ service that strives to stimulate air travel and complements our community’s connectivity within Canada,” said Stephen Maybury, president and CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority. “Offering new Canadian destinations at convenient times and ultra-affordable prices provide more options and ultimately value to the leisure passenger market.”