Low-cost direct flights to four new Canadian markets will soon be available for commuters flying out of the Kelowna International Airport.
NewLeaf will announce new direct flights, as well as its route map, pricing and booking details Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Kelowna International Airport.
The new routes include direct flights from Kelowna to Hamilton, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg, markets not currently available direct from Kelowna.
According to NewLeaf, the new air service “plans to revolutionize the Canadian travel market” with what they call ultra-low-fares. introductory one-way fares from Kelowna to Saskatoon and Regina are $89 while Kelowna to Winnipeg is $99 and between Kelowna and Hamilton is $149.
“It’s a new year and we are happy to say 2016 is the year we officially bring affordable travel back to Canada,” said Jim Young, president and CEO of the NewLeaf Travel Company.
Initial departures will begin Feb. 12.
The arrival of NewLeaf at YLW has been some time coming.
Last January five B.C. ski resorts including Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks partnered with NewLeaf to provide a one-time charter flight at spring break from Hamilton to Kelowna.
According to the company the rates will be achieved through cost-saving measures including its focus on smaller airports as well as a simpler point-to-point network. Customers will be able to customize their travel by purchasing priority boarding, on-board drinks, snacks, carry-on and checked baggage.
“Most of our main routes feature non-stop flights that aren’t currently offered,” said Young.
“The ultra-low-cost business model we are using has proven successful around the world and we’re excited to bring it to Canada.”