NewLeaf’s inaugural flight takes off from Abbotsford (with video)

Low-cost airline flying domestic flights across Canada

  • Aug. 2, 2016 8:00 p.m.
NewLeaf, a company selling cheap airline tickets, took off on Sunday, with its first flight leaving Abbotsford International Airport.

NewLeaf, a company selling cheap airline tickets, took off on Sunday, with its first flight leaving Abbotsford International Airport.




NewLeaf Travel Company officially launched on Sunday after several delays.

The company is currently running flights from Abbotsford to Winnipeg and Edmonton, after previous plans had the company selling tickets to Ft. St. John and Saskatoon.

One-way fares start at $89.

The company first announced in early January that it would offer direct flights from seven Canadian airports –  Abbotsford, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg – to 12 Canadian cities.

Less than two weeks later, the company reported it was postponing those plans due to some ambiguity about licensing.

Under a charter agreement with Kelowna-based Flair Airlines Ltd., Flair held the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) operating licence while NewLeaf offered seat sales.

NewLeaf had previously been given an exemption from holding a licence directly while the CTA reviewed its legislation, but details became less clear about whether the company needed to amend its relationship with Flair, and the start-up was delayed.

In late March, NewLeaf announced that the CTA had completed its review of licensing regulations, and the company was not required to hold an air licence.

At that time, the airline indicated it would resume booking in the near future, but didn’t give an exact date.

The flights will leave Sundays and Thursdays from Abbotsford on a Boeing 737-400 plane with 156 seats. Booking can be done online at gonewleaf.ca

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