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NewLeaf drops 4 cities

NewLeaf, the discount travel company that stirred up the market when it began operation in July, has announced it will temporarily suspend flights this fall into four cities, including Kamloops.

The Winnipeg-based firm announced Thursday it will not serve the city, along with Regina, Saskatoon and Victoria, between Nov. 1 and mid-December.

Kamloops Airport Manager Fred Legace said he’s been told by the company that the suspension is due to a lack of available aircraft “in the barn.” New Leaf hires aircraft from a number of firms, including Kelowna-based Flair Airlines.

“It looks like it’s going to be a short period of time,” Legace said. “They’re just short of airplanes at the moment.”

Flights are expected to resume in about six weeks, in time for the busy winter season.

While announcing the temporary cuts, the company released its core domestic schedule, saying that it plans to add flights to more Canadian cities along with flights to U.S. destinations.

For a limited period, the company is offering half-price deals on all its October flights.

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