Discount Airline NewLeaf Launches in Canada

Pack your bags and get ready to explore more of Canada, because we just got a new super affordable, low-discount airline.

NewLeaf Airlines is set to offer Canadians some super affordable airfares. Photo courtesy of NewLeaf Airlines.

NewLeaf Airlines is set to offer Canadians some super affordable airfares. Photo courtesy of NewLeaf Airlines.

Travelling around Canada just got a little bit easier … and cheaper for Canadians. If there’s one plight many Canadians suffer from when it comes to travelling, it’s that it has always been quite expensive to fly within our own country. It’s one major reason why many Canadians haven’t seen much from coast to coast, but have so much of the rest of the world. And that’s largely because Canada hasn’t had a solid discount airline since the early 2000s (remember those Jetsgo days?). Well, you can now say hello to NewLeaf Airlines, a brand new low-discount airline that just launched and will be flying to select cities around the country. It’s pegged to make travelling in our vast country not only easier, but a lot more affordable as well.

Here is the low-down on what NewLeaf will be offering and for how much.

NewLeaf will be offering ultra-low fares between seven Canadian cities for as low as $89 one-way (this will include all taxes and applicable fees). The top out price will be $149 per ticket one-way. But don’t be expecting the flights to be taking off and landing at major city airports. According to CEO Jim Young, who spoke to reporters at the launch, the decision to go with second-tier airports is a way to ensure those deeply discounted fares, “lower landing fees mean we have savings we can pass on to you.”

Starting February 12, 2016 flights will be available from seven Canadian airports:

• Abbotsford, B.C.
• Halifax
• Hamilton, Ont.
• Kelowna, B.C.
• Regina
• Saskatoon
• Winnipeg

Other caveats to keep in mind with this new airline: Checked bags AND carry-on both come with a $25 fee, much like discount European and Asian airlines (small personal items that can fit under the seat in front of you will not be at cost, but your trusty Rimowa carry-on will be charged $25 each way).

Young also announced that U.S. destinations are in the plans for 2016 as well, so stay tuned. Visit newleaftravel.ca for bookings and more information.

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