Travellers can purchase tickets starting Thursday from the Winnipeg-based group.
When it originally launched in January, NewLeaf billed itself as an alternative to Air Canada and WestJet by offering bargain-priced “no frills” flights.
It advertises flights for as low at $79 one-way including all taxes and fees.
But just a week after the company started selling tickets, it hit some turbulence over whether it needed a licence to operate.
NewLeaf contended it did not require a licence because it does not operate airplanes and only resells seats from Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair Airlines.
In late March, the Canadian Transportation Agency ruled in favour of NewLeaf.
The discount airline’s first flights will take off July 25, to a dozen Canadian cities.
That’s five more than originally planned:
- Moncton, N.B.
- Hamilton, Ont.
- Winnipeg, Man.
- Regina, Sask.
- Saskatoon, Sask.
- Edmonton, Alta.
- Kelowna, B.C.
- Kamloops, B.C.
- Fort St. John, B.C.
- Abbotsford, B.C.
- Victoria, B.C.
In Regina, the President and CEO, Regina Airport Authority says the news is good for Saskatchewan travellers.
“We are thrilled to officially welcome NewLeaf to Regina and southern Saskatchewan and excited to provide convenient air travel between a great West Coast Canadian destination and partner airport in Kelowna,” said Dick Graham.
“Regina International Airport welcomes the opportunity to have NewLeaf as part of the YQR family and we look forward to additional opportunities this brings to our community.”
However, it appears as though Regina passengers can only fly to Kelowna with this new option.
Previously, a flight to Hamilton was also offered.