Kelowna International Airport (YLW) passenger activity forecasts to grow to 1.6 million passengers by 2015. To accommodate growth and better serve our passengers, YLW has put in place their Drive to 1.6 Million Passengers Development Program, a phased approach for construction projects triggered by passenger traffic demand.
The first phase of this plan, which launched in 2011, will continue over the next four years to include large and small development projects ultimately better serving the needs of YLW’s growing passenger numbers and meeting our region’s increasing demands for air service.
As one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada, YLW's total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province of B.C.
YLW served 1.39 million passengers in 2011 and has begun 2012 with four record breaking months and an overall growth rate of 4.5 per cent ahead of 2011.