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NewLeaf, a Canadian company based in Winnipeg, that launched in January and was forced to go on hold in February, has been granted federal approval to offer flights to 12 Canadian cities starting July 25.

NewLeaf Travel’s CEO Jim Yonge confirmed the news Thursday morning at a press conference in Winnipeg.

The company originally planned to offer flights from 7 Canadian cities, but during today’s announcement, Yonge said they are now offering flights from 12 destinations.

NewLeaf Travel is an “ultra-low-cost” airline headquartered in Winnipeg. The airlines promises to offer discounted flights with fares at 25-35% below competitors.

NewLeaf is advertising flights for as low at $79 one way, including all taxes and fees. There will be extra fees for things like checked bags and in-flight purchases of food and entertainment.

We decided to give the price difference a go – we went with a round trip flight from Victoria to Edmonton leaving July 30th and returning on August 3rd – the total cost before taxes with NewLeaf is $178 – whereas Air Canada’s cheapest option goes for $416.

The CTA signed off on NewLeaf’s business model in March, and now the company says it is ready for takeoff. The company is currently selling tickets for flights starting July 25 between 12 Canadian cities:

  • Halifax.
  • Moncton, N.B.
  • Hamilton.
  • Winnipeg.
  • Regina.
  • Saskatoon.
  • Edmonton.
  • Kelowna, B.C.
  • Kamloops, B.C.
  • Fort St. John, B.C.
  • Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Victoria

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