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: