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‘Ultra low fare’ travel company NewLeaf launches flights from YYC Saturday

NewLeaf operating in Calgary. Dec. 2016.
NewLeaf operating in Calgary. Dec. 2016. Global News / File

The Winnipeg-based low-cost air travel company NewLeaf officially started flying out of Calgary Saturday.

The first flight, with airline partner Flair, took off to Hamilton at 2 p.m. from YYC Calgary International Airport.

They’re offering 44 flights to and from Calgary over a three-week holiday period as a testing ground in the domestic market.

The airline says it will offer prices as low as $49 one-way (taxes and fees included) during their “no holiday blackout travel sale” to places such as Abbotsford, Hamilton and Moncton.

In mid-January, NewLeaf will also start flights going to Mesa-Phoenix until the end of April.

The spring and summer schedule will be announced in early January and the airline said they “hope to have Calgary permanently on the schedule.”

READ MORE: Discount airline NewLeaf launches at Edmonton International Airport

NewLeaf is a private Canadian travel company that’s been in operation for five months.

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NewLeaf is able to keep costs low by only changing the bare minimum for a seat on a plane.

A carry-on bag can cost anywhere from $31.50 if you pay online ahead of time, up to $90 at the gate.

READ MORE: First NewLeaf flight lands in Saskatoon

Flair is a Canadian airline based in Kelowna, Calgary and Hamilton, that’s been in business since 2003.