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Low-cost travel hits YLW

Details of a new, low-cost travel alternative with a base in Kelowna are expected to be unveiled Wednesday (Jan 6).

News conferences are scheduled for Kelowna, Winnipeg and Hamilton to unveil details of NewLeaf Travel.

According to its website, “NewLeaf is Canada’s newest, ultra-low cost travel company, which means Canadians can travel more often for less. Spending time, not money. It’s what we’re all about.”

Flights would be operated by Kelowna-based Flair Airlines.

The venture has been talked about for about a year.

NewLeaf shuttled skiers to the Okanagan from Hamilton and Calgary late last winter.

In June, NewLeaf chief commercial officer Bob Jones indicated the company hoped to begin offering the new service in the summer. That did not materialize.

At the time, Jones said the new service and partnership with Flair Airlines would bring new jobs to Kelowna.

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