Discount airline New Leaf gets the okay to resume selling tickets

The Winnipeg-based "low-frills" company, using a Kelowna airline to fly its customers, can operate says the CTA.

New Leaf can resume selling tickets after it got the okay from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Discount airline New Leaf has been given the go-ahead to re-start selling tickets for its low-cost flights to and from seven Canadian cities including Kelowna.

Winnipeg-based New Leaf, which announced in January that it would start offering seats on its flights with fares as low as $89, abruptly stopped sales a short time late and before its first planes even took off when the Canadian TransportationAgency announced it would review licencing requirements for “in-direct” air service carriers such as New Leaf.

The company planned to use Kelowna’s Flair Air as its actual carrier, sell seats on planes operated by Flair Air.

With the announcement late Tuesday that New Leaf can continue with its business plan without have to have it’s own airline licence, the company is set to start selling tickets again.

“This is a victory for Canadian travellers,” said New Leaf CEO Jim Young. “We are determined to bring low-cost air travel pricing to the Canadian marketplace. With the completion of the CTA review, we will resume booking in the very near future.”

No date was immediately announced as to when tickets sales will start or when the first flights will take place.

New Leaf plans to fly between Kelowna and Abbotsford, Halifax, Hamilton, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. It has announced fares ranging between $89 one-way and $149 one-way.

As a “no-frills” airline, extra fees would be charged for everything from on-board snacks and drinks to luggage, both checked bags and and carry-ons too big to fit under a seat on the plane.

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