FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - REVISED June 23, 2016
YXE EXCITED TO WELCOME NEWLEAF TO SASKATOON…AGAIN!
Saskatoon International Airport is pleased to welcome new ultra low-cost carrier, NewLeaf Travel Company to our airport and community.
NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. will resume sales with ultra-low fares and an expanded route map. Customers will be able to book flights on the NewLeaf Travel Company website (GoNewLeaf.ca) from 12 Canadian cities: Halifax, Moncton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Abbotsford and Victoria. The first flights will take off July 25, 2016.
Saskatoon (YXE) will have regular service to Hamilton (YHM) two times per week and to Kelowna (YLW) two times per week. For complete schedule details visit the NewLeaf website at www.gonewleaf.ca
In March 2016, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) completed its review of licensing regulations and determined that, as a reseller of air services, NewLeaf Travel Company is not required to hold an airline license. Flights booked through NewLeaf will be operated by Flair Airlines, a licensed Canadian airline.
“We will absolutely adhere to the CTA’s clarified rules for resellers, and have taken the past few months to review our practices to make sure we are in full compliance. We are glad that we took the extra time to plan our re-launch as we wanted to protect consumers and offer them long term business stability,” said Jim Young, President and CEO of NewLeaf Travel Company. “It has taken a bit of time to get off the ground but we are excited to now bring to Canada the ultra-low cost business model that has proven successful around the world.”
"Saskatoon welcomes NewLeaf to our city and province. We are delighted to host a new ‘low-cost’ service that strives to stimulate air travel and complements our community’s connectivity within Canada,” said Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority. “Offering new Canadian destinations at convenient times and ultra-affordable prices provide more options and ultimately value to the leisure passenger market.”
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About Saskatoon International Airport (YXE)
Saskatoon Airport Authority is a partner in developing Saskatoon and Saskatchewan by operating a world-class airport that is connecting Saskatoon to the world. Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) saw 1,443,428 passengers in 2015, the second busiest year ever with an average five-year growth rate of 3.6%. A $53 million air terminal building expansion was completed in 2015.
About NewLeaf Travel Company Inc.
NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a new, privately held, Canadian company headquartered in Winnipeg MB, positioned to provide leisure travelers with low fares and travel options that are unbundled and transparent, only paying for what they want with no surprises. Flights booked through NewLeaf Travel will be operated by Flair Airlines Ltd., a Canadian-based airline with experienced crew and pilots that fly Boeing 737-400 passenger jets.