Record broken at Okanagan airport

Kelowna International Airport had a record breaking year for passengers in 2013. - YLW photo
Kelowna International Airport had a record breaking year for passengers in 2013.
— image credit: YLW photo

New destinations, new airlines and growing passenger numbers have made 2013 a record-breaking year for Kelowna International Airport.

With every month breaking all-time highs at YLW, passenger numbers reached 1,503,288 which is 4.11 per cent above the 2012 record year (1,443,997 passengers) and 8.14 per cent ahead of 2011 year-end passengers numbers (1,390,187).

“August was once again the busiest month of the year with 143,555 passengers using YLW, which was 5.5 per cent ahead of August 2012," said Sam Samaddar, YLW director.

"December was the second busiest month with 136,145 passengers through the terminal.”

In 2013, Air North-Yukon’s Airline and Pacific Coastal Airlines both added YLW to their route map, while Abbottsford, Whitehorse, Cranbrook and Ixtapa/Zihautanejo, Mexico, became new destinations for YLW passengers.

“Two new air carriers, four new destinations and more partnerships with our travel and business stakeholders have helped YLW serve more than 1.5 million passengers in 2013,” said Samaddar.

YLW offers more than 60 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Air North-Yukon’s Airline, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford, Cranbrook, Prince George, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihautanejo Mexico.



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