Airport Development Projects
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) passenger activity
was forecasted to grow to 1.6 million passengers by 2015;
however, with 2013 and 2014 both seeing record number of passengers
through its doors, YLW topped the 1.6 million
passenger mark in 2014.
To accommodate this passenger growth and to better
serve its customers, YLW put in place the Drive to
1.6 Million Passengers Development Program in 2010, which is a phased approach
for construction projects, triggered by passenger traffic
Between 2010 and 2020 YLW will have invested over $92 million in facility upgrades.
2015 Development Projects
YLW is growing to serve you better!
To better serve the needs of our passengers and meet our region's increasing demands for air service, YLW commenced works on four major projects in 2015. These projects will be paid for through the $15 Airport Improvement Fee, which is collected from each departing passenger. YLW is committed to completing the planned projects over the next three years, without increasing the current fee.
Passengers will see many benefits from the changes happening at YLW. Projects that will contribute to a more efficient and enjoyable passenger experience include:
Apron I Expansion North
This expansion increases YLW’s ability to add new routes and increase flight frequency. It will include two additional aircraft parking gates, a new aircraft and runway de-icing storage facility and the rehabilitation of the main apron.
Outbound Baggage Hall Expansion
With construction starting in Summer 2015, this expansion will more than double processing capacity and use modern technology for screening and self-baggage drop. This project will also include updates to the Airline Offices and Concourse.
Departure Lounge Enhancements
This enhancement is a multi-phased project that will include the modernization of the retail outlets, including shops, newsstand, duty-free, food kiosks and a family centre, along with skylights, new seating and a wine-themed bar to complement the Okanagan Estate wine shop.
Airport Plaza Development
In partnership with PatAIRa Holdings, this development will add new amenities, including a gas station, convenience store and new food outlets to meet the current and future needs of passengers and airport employees.