August 21, 2018

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NewLeaf to offer flights to 12 Canadian cities starting July 25

NewLeaf launched to much fanfare in January, but has yet to offer any flights to Canadians
Photo Credit To NewLeaf

Canadian company launched in January, went on hold in February, now has federal approvals

NewLeaf Travel, the Winnipeg-based discount travel company that launched in January and then abruptly put its operations on hold, says it will start flying on July 25.

The company initially offered rock-bottom tickets between seven smaller Canadian airports such as Hamilton, Abbotsford, B.C., Halifax and Saskatoon. It said it planned to sell tickets on flights set to take off this past February, a few weeks after the original launch date of Jan. 6, 2016.

But shortly after launch, the company cancelled its scheduled flights and refunded tickets, amid a Canadian Transportation Agency review of the operating licences for indirect air service carriers such as NewLeaf.

NewLeaf’s original business plan was to be a ticket reseller, offering seats on charter flights operated by Kelowna-based Flair Air and its subcontractor Enerjet, which owns the planes and operates the actual flights.

That got NewLeaf around CTA rules that would require the company to hold its own operating licence as an airline.

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

Read More Here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/newleaf-airline-launch-1.3648772#DVP

Post source : Pete Evans, CBC News

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Rick has lived in Vancouver since 1991 - first off Commercial Drive and now in Renfrew Heights - with his husband of 34 years, Dan. He has a background in travel, an interest in LGBT history, and a fondness for all that is geek. As co-publisher of Davie Village Post, he looks for stories and news which are relevant to LGBT Vancouver, and invites you to submit your items and ideas.

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