New Canadian airline NewLeaf chooses Winnipeg as its headquarters

Photo credit: Colin Fast for Metro

Photo credit: Colin Fast for Metro

A new low-cost airline has picked Winnipeg for its headquarters — bringing jobs, tourists and new flight options along with it.

NewLeaf Travel Co. will begin flights this summer out of Winnipeg, Kelowna and Hamilton.

“We looked at a whole bunch of places, but I had to think through what was good for an airline in the long run,” explained CEO Jim Young. “Central location, cost, economic development and the ability of the community were important. We really want to become part of a community, and for a carrier like us, Winnipeg was the best choice.”

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