YLW Master Plan 2045
On November 21, 2016
the final Kelowna International Airport (YLW) Master Plan 2045 was approved and adopted by Kelowna City Council.
In March 2015, YLW engaged SNC-Lavalin and its
consultants to update the existing Master
Plan 2025. The integrated team developed the new Master Plan 2045 in support of YLW’s vision to become the best
mid-sized airport in North America.
YLW is an important asset for the City of
Kelowna and the entire Okanagan Valley. We need to plan ahead to ensure the
future of YLW for upcoming generations.
The YLW Master Plan 2045 is a critical
airport planning document that will help guide YLW’s development to the year
2045. It will also provide guidance to the aviation and land use planning
component of the City’s 2030 Official Community Plan.
Master Plan 2045 describes the ideal
development options, facilities and systems needed to meet YLW’s strategic
objectives and forecasted levels of passenger and aircraft traffic over the
next thirty years. The plan provides detailed analysis and recommendations in
eight different areas: air traffic forecasts, the airside system, the air
terminal building, access and parking, operations and support, commercial
development, utilities and land use planning.
One key objective of YLW’s Master Plan 2045 was
input from the communities and stakeholders served by YLW and to ensure this
input is reflected in the development of the plan and the airport. To
accomplish this, the team held over 45 stakeholder meetings and open houses,
completed print and online engagement and collected over 300 completed feedback
Nine priorities were identified through these
public consultations: More direct flights and flights overseas; Greater
parking, shuttle and accessibility; Additional public transit to and from YLW;
Outdoor signage and lighting enhancements; Improved arrivals area and expanded
baggage carousels; Enhanced community greenspaces and noise protection; Greater
food and beverage choices inside the terminal; Faster security screening; and
Low service fees.
YLW would like to thank everyone who
participated in developing Master Plan
2045. The feedback was highly appreciated and greatly considered in the
development of this plan.