• Max Fraser

New Year, NewLeaf

Ryanair has been a very popular mode of travel for many Europeans and tourists alike for years now. The attraction to the airline is the extremely low prices for transportation all around Europe.

Earlier this month, it was announced that a new Canadian airline, called NewLeaf, is posed to offer the same sort of business Canada-wide. This airline is starting with seven airports throughout the country: Halifax, Hamilton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Abbotsford and lastly, Kelowna. The flights will range between $89 - $149.

This airline shows great potential for development in Canada, and can lower costs for domestic businesses, families, sports teams and so on. Personally, I believe this is a great way for many Canadians to travel around through the nation, but for tourists it does not come off as very effective.

The reason being is that the majority of the airports the airline will operate to are smaller towns, and no large tourist destinations, with the exception of Halifax, and to some extent Winnipeg.

In order to get sales up from mainly Canadians, the airline will have to develop and provide service to more and larger airports, such as Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and so on. The resultant effect of these additions, in my eyes, would increase sales to a great extent, and allow easy transportation between major Canadian cities, for a variety of purposes.

NewLeaf demonstrates great potential, both economically and for the Canadian population, however in order to be the next big commercial airline in Canada, it will have to expand, and do it quickly in order to attract customers.