WINNIPEG — A new discount airline announced “ultra” low travel fares in Winnipeg Wednesday morning.
Booking details, pricing options and route map information were discussed at the news conference.
NewLeaf is not going to be on any third party booking sites they will be flying from Halifax, Hamilton, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Regina, Winnipeg and Abbotsford. Prices range from $89 to $149.
NewLeaf’s goal is to contend with competitors such as Air Canada and WestJet by offering attractive and affordable fares.
“Most of our main routes feature non-stop flights that aren’t currently offered,” said President and CEO Jim Young.
Direct flights from Winnipeg are being offered to Abbotsford, Hamilton and Kelowna.
Young said one of the reason the company is able to offer low-cost fares is because it is no frills.
“We sell a seat and a seat belt for that low $89 fare. All in taxes and fees,” said Young. “Then if you want to check a bag, there’s an additional fee for that. If you would like priority boarding there’s an additional fee for that. We offer the opportunity to buy travel flex insurance. We charge for on board snacks and drinks, similar to everyone else.”
Carry on bags will also have an additional charge, however, passengers will be allowed to bring a purse or small bag that fits under the seat at no extra cost.
The airline believes it will be able to succeed where other low-cost carriers have failed.
“You fly head to head against your nearest competitor you are bound to get yourself into some trouble,” said Young. “If you don’t think about airport costs and where your customers want to travel you get yourself into some trouble. Ultra low-cost carriers are actually some of the most successful business models in the world today. Allegiant and Spirit in the United States… EasyJet and RyanAir… all sit at the top end of profitability for their shareholders in the aviation space.”
Flights will not be offered every day.
The airline is aiming to provide Canadians with a chance to travel more often, for less money.