Ever wanted to fly from Toronto to Vancouver for less than $7m dollars? How about Halifax to Winnipeg for less than $100k?
Okay, fine, we’re exaggerating.
But sometimes it really does feel like it’s costing you your life savings just to travel within our own borders. In fact, flying to Europe is often cheaper than getting from one side of Canada to the other.
Well, with the launch of its website today, NewLeaf Travel hopes to change all that.
Beginning Feb. 12, 2016, they plan on taking to the skies between seven Canadian cities for what they’re promising will be very low costs. Think RyanAir for Canadians. As NewLeaf’s website says, “We keep it simple. Our costs are completely unbundled – there are no free snacks and no free drinks. Your fare gets you the two essentials: a seat and a seatbelt. The rest is up to you.”
The rest, unfortunately, even includes a carry-on. You can expect a $25 fee if you’re carrying more than something purse-size.
But budget definitely has its benefits. In NewLeaf’s case, the chance to change your reservation or postpone your trip for just $20. As unreasonable as the carry-on charge seems, the chance to switch your reservation for just $20 seems more than reasonable.
NewLeaf will also be keeping costs down by flying out of smaller airports. These seven smaller airports to be exact:
– Abbotsford, B.C. (near Vancouver)
– Halifax, N.S.
– Hamilton, Ont. (near Toronto)
– Kelowna, B.C.
– Regina, Sask.
– Saskatoon, Sask.
– Winnipeg, Man.
They’ve contracted Flair Air for all planes and crew, so you can expect a fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircrafts, each “capable of transporting up to 158 passengers.”
While The Huffington Post claims NewLeaf has been advertising fairs for as little as $89, we haven’t been able to get the NewLeaf website to work – perhaps due to roughly 30 million Canadians likely trying to jump on it right this second.
So for right now, it seems only time will tell if both NewLeaf – and its website – will actually take off.