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Discount air carrier to land in Abbotsford, Kelowna

Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm PST

(Source: NewLeaf)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — If you can stuff everything you want to bring into a 22 pound bag under the seat in front of you, and you don’t care about inflight snacks, by next month you could get a Canadian flight for less than 90 dollars.

Discount air travel company NewLeaf announced they are set to fly to Abbotsford, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax starting on February 12.

When NEWS 1130 asked Vancouverites if the trek to Abbottsford would be worth the low cost tip to any of these cities, some said they wouldn’t bother until the destination selection was better.

Others said they would jump at the opportunity to get as far as Hamilton, where they could then take an extra bus to get to Toronto.

One of the ways the company cuts cost is by separating fees for things like checked luggage, seat selection and printed passes for the customer to choose exactly what extras they would like to have, if any.

Shauna Vu, general manager for the Burnaby-based Travel Best Bets, said there is an appetite out there for this kind of travel.

“They’ve selected these seven specific gateway cities because they’re second tier airports, and there’s low landing fees and they’ve been smart about it.”

Vu says, though it’s a smart model, consumers should be careful.

“We know what happened with the other airlines, such as Canada 3000, those consumers that didn’t book through a registered travel agency, and when Canada 3000 closed their doors, those consumers lost out.”