03/30/2016 12:56 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Discount travel operator NewLeaf gets green light to resume flight sales

Discount carrier NewLeaf Travel says it will resume selling low-cost flights in the next few weeks now that it's received the go-ahead from Ottawa to continue operations.

Chief executive Jim Young says the company expects its first flight to take off as early as late spring or early summer. In the meantime, it will work on reintroducing itself to consumers.

Late Tuesday, the Canadian Transportation Agency issued a ruling that said indirect air service carriers like Winnipeg-based NewLeaf would not be required to hold a licence if their flight operator is licensed.

NewLeaf purchases seats from Kelowna, B.C.,-based Flair Airlines and resells then to the public. Flair Airlines, which owns and operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400 jets, is licensed under the CTA.

Young said the company never described itself as an airline, which needs to be licensed, even though he admits there was some confusion in the marketplace. 

Moving forward, NewLeaf will ensure that all its marketing and branding reflects that it is only a reseller, which complies with the CTA decision.


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Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press