Airline startup NewLeaf Travel is temporarily postponing ticket sales pending a Canadian Transportation Agency review of licensing regulations.
The Winnipeg-based company says it will refund all credit card transactions for reservations on flights that were scheduled to begin Feb. 12.
NewLeaf, which earlier this month announced with much fanfare its plans to launch discount flights, says it plans to resume taking reservations in the spring.
The CTA is reviewing whether indirect air service providers, or those who do not operate any aircraft but market and sell air services to the public, should be required to hold agency licences.
NewLeaf says the review applies to all companies operating in this manner and is not limited to NewLeaf’s partnership with Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair Airlines Ltd., under which it plans to offer cheap flights out of seven airports in five provinces.
CEO Jim Young has said NewLeaf does not need a licence because Flair, its operating partner, has one.
“We will be back!”
The airline posted the following statement to their website