Kelowna International Airport - Continuing to Grow

Our Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has come a long way over the past few years, combining growth in the Okanagan Valley, additions to the airport, revitalization plans and lengthening of the runway.

Due to YLW's unprecedented growth, a Master Plan was required to aid in keeping the aiprport at modern traffic handling standards. In 2008, the airport lengthened the single runway to 8,900 ft (2,700 m) and plans to lengthen to 10,000 ft (3,000 m) by 2025. Also there are plans for the passenger terminal to be expanded so as to allow hourly processing of 680 passengers by 2015, and 900 passengers by 2025. Currently, the hourly rate is approximately 400 passengers. In order to do this, the termminal size will be nearly doubled, and a 2,400 space parkade will be constructed.

 The Kelowna Interional Airport operates scheduled air service to the major hub airports of Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Los Angeles, and Seattle, as well as less frequent seasonal service to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Additionally there is a regular service to Whitehorse, Abbotsford, Red Deer, Kamloops, Prince George and Cranbrook, as well as scheduled charter service to major oilfield centres such as Fort McMurray. Currently, the airport handles up to 36 commercial departures a day, or approximately 210 departures per week. The airport is now the 10th busiest airport in Canada with traffic increasing virtually every year and is one of the fastest growing airports in North America.

As of September 2013, Kelowna International Airport has surpassed the one millionth passenger mark for 2013 - the earliest in its history - and it is expected to surpass 2012's record of 1.44 million passengers. With new flights and destinations, more people are being brought to the Okanagan and its surrounding area and those living in BC's Southern Interior are gaining more destinations to visit every year.

To learn more about information on winter and sun destinations, both to and from the Okanagan, visit the airport's official website at


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