First NewLeaf flight lands in Saskatoon

Passengers of Canada’s newest discount airline are giving NewLeaf Travel positive reviews.

NewLeaf Travel CEO Jim Young was on the first flight to land at the Saskatoon, arriving from Kelowna B.C. He says they specifically wanted to provide a direct option from Saskatchewan to British Columbia with no transfers.

“We chose Saskatoon and we chose Regina because we wanted to give customers a non-stop option into British Columbia,” Young said.

“I know so many people and our research has show that there are so many passengers that actually connect over Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary in order to get into B.C.”

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    As of now, NewLeaf has two destination options for Saskatoon. You can catch a direct flight to or from Kelowna B.C. or Hamilton Ont. on Wednesdays or Saturdays. There are plans for expanded routes in the future.

    Although Young said sales have been higher than expected, getting here wasn’t without some bumps in the road.

    NewLeaf had to refund the first round of tickets sold because of a licencing review by the Canadian Transportation Agency, and just a few weeks ago, there were questions over the airlines funding.

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    NewLeaf is able to keep costs low by only changing the bare minimum for a seat on a plane. Anything else will cost you.

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