Discount airline skips Kamloops; YKA manager not worried

By Chad Harris
January 6, 2016 - 1:06pm Updated: January 6, 2016 - 2:06pm

KAMLOOPS — The Manager of the Kamloops Airport says he doesn't feel threatened by Canada's newest discount airline offering flights through Kelowna.

NewLeaf will offer discount fares for flights through seven Canadian airports starting next month.

Those markets include Kelowna and Abbotsford, as well as Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax.

Fred Legace says prices are only one part of the equation for travelers.

"If people are chasing an airfare and don't give any value to convenience or connectivity or anything like that, then that is probably where they will go and all the power to them. It is their money, and they can spend it where they see fit," said Legace. 

Legace adds the airline offers limited desinations, and if travelers want to connect to other cities, they will still need to pay more.

Legace admits competition is good for consumers in general, and will continue to apply downward pressure on fares.
 

 

The company is promoting one-way fares for as low as $89, but in exchange passengers will face charges for carry-on bags, seat selection, drinks and printed boarding passes.

NewLeaf Travel says its initial scheduling won't see it fly daily as it plans to focus on leisure and vacation travel, but that could change if there is demand for it.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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