Winnipeg-based NewLeaf Travel Company is now officially Flair Airlines.
The renaming of the short-lived brand comes on the one-year anniversary when NewLeaf and Kelowna-based Flair launched their first Canadian flights.
Winnipeg-based NewLeaf Travel Company is the subject of a travel alert from the Consumers’ Association of Canada.
“Canadians have recently been forced to deal with arbitrary cancellations and alterations to flight dates and times on thousands of tickets purchased from NewLeaf Travel Company Inc.,” the association said on its website Monday.
WINNIPEG — Just weeks after taking to the skies, discount airline NewLeaf has halted some flights out of Winnipeg and other Canadian cities.
Flights from Winnipeg to Victoria will be temporarily suspended from November until mid-December due to lower customer demand than originally anticipated.
WINNIPEG — It was a turbulent start for low-cost airline NewLeaf, but the inaugural flights finally took off on Monday at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.
The Winnipeg-based company held a splashy launch in cities across the country in January, but couldn’t get off the ground after the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) conducted a review of its licensing requirements.
WINNIPEG — NewLeaf Travel will finally take to the skies after a turbulent launch earlier this year.
The Winnipeg-based low-cost airline will begin flights on July 25. NewLeaf will service 12 destinations, including Halifax, Moncton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Abbotsford, and Victoria.
A Winnipeg-based ultra-low-cost airline has been cleared for takeoff by the Canadian Transport Agency.
In a ruling posted to its website late Tuesday, the CTA said, “The Agency determined that resellers — companies who purchase seats from an air carrier and resell them to the public — will not be required to hold an air licence, so long as they do not hold themselves out to the public as being an air carrier that is operating an air service.”
Canada’s newest discount airline NewLeaf has postponed its takeoff plans for February 12 as the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) reviews licensing regulations.
The Winnipeg-based airline says it will refund all credit card transactions for reservations that were scheduled to begin on the 12th.
“During this uncertain time, we didn’t want to put anyone with existing bookings at risk, and we wanted to give customers time to make other travel arrangements,” said NewLeaf CEO Jim Young.
The airline launched January 6 with a flashy news conference at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport, promising low airfare and non-stop flights to seven Canadian destinations.
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.