By Roger Currie
This past week saw what can only be described as a soft launch of a new no-frills airline called NewLeaf. Partnering with a regional carrier based in Kelowna, NewLeaf will service a handful of smaller Canadian airports, including Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Hamilton. Hands up if you didn’t know there was a Hamilton airport?
They are advertising one way tickets for as little as $89, but they’re carefully avoiding the word discount. Truth is that $89 could easily end up costing twice that much when you add in all the other charges that can quickly be tacked on. It’s called drip pricing, and NewLeaf is merely following the example of many other airlines who have flown before them.