NewLeaf scraps flights to Fort St. John

NewLeaf Chief Commercial Officer Dean Dacko. Photo by Dean Dacko/The Canadian Press

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Upstart ultra low-cost airline NewLeaf appears to have indefinitely postponed flights to the North Peace Airport.

When it originally launched in January, NewLeaf billed itself as an alternative to carriers like Air Canada by offering bargain-priced “no frills” flights for as low at $79 one-way including all taxes and fees. One week after the company started selling tickets, it hit some turbulence over whether it needed a licence to operate. NewLeaf contended that it did not require a licence because it does not operate any planes. Six months later, and with a favourable ruling from the Canadian Transportation Agency, on June 23rd the airline announced plans to begin flights out of Fort St. John to Abbotsford and Edmonton on Thursdays and Sundays. The company, which resells seats on aircraft that are owned and operated by Kelowna-based Flair Airlines, was scheduled to begin flights from the Energetic City beginning on July 25th.

Looking on the airline’s website, the booking page does indeed list YXJ as one of the airline’s destinations, with connections to Edmonton, Abbotsford, and Winnipeg. However, when attempting to select flights, all dates are greyed-out and not able to be selected.

The news of the possible cancellation of flights comes nearly one week after the CBC reported that consultants for the airline alleged that the travel company owes nearly $130,000 in unpaid bills.

An email by Energeticcity.ca to NewLeaf’s chief commercial officer Dean Dacko was not answered this morning.

With files from CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/newleaf-discount-airline-canada-westjet-air-canada-travel-flights-cheap-1.3666666