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NewLeaf back in the air

It has been a tough few months for NewLeaf Travel, but the discount carrier can now take flight.

After more than two and a half months of suspended service, the Canadian Transportation Agency completed a review of licensing regulations Tuesday and decided that NewLeaf is not required to hold a licence.

“NewLeaf, should it proceed with its proposed business model, would not operate an air service and would not be required to hold an air licence,” reads the CTA ruling.

“We applaud the CTA on their rapid review process and determination,” NewLeaf posted on its Facebook page.

With the CTA’s confirmation, NewLeaf says it will be implementing and adhering to the regulations and will resume bookings in the near future.

NewLeaf Travel unveiled its service in January with plans to link seven Canadian destinations including Kelowna, Abbotsford, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax.

Fares would begin at $89.

“We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support we’ve received from thousands of Canadians across the country, especially those who have gone over and above to sign our petition and write letters to the minister of transport. This shows that Canada wants this type of low-cost option, and we are excited for the results of the review and our future,” NewLeaf said.

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