Economic impact soars at YLW

YLW continues to generate business, tourism and air access benefits for the region

Kelowna International Airport is a significant community asset for the Okanagan Valley.

With more than 1.7 million passengers served in 2016, an economic impact of 4,545 jobs and $789 million in total economic output to B.C., YLW continues to generate business, tourism and air access benefits for the region.

“Passenger volumes are expected to continue growing over the next 20 years reaching 3.5 million passengers, and annual aircraft movements are forecast to increase to 100,000 per year by 2045,” said Sam Samaddar, airport director.

“This growth means YLW will need to continue expanding and building infrastructure for the foreseeable future.”

A number of capital projects will be continued from last year, including the new outbound baggage hall, apron one rehabilitation and lighting improvements, departures lounge kitchen upgrades, airfield lighting conversion, combined operations building expansion planning, and new navigational aids for runway 34 and the runway end safety area.

“Projects like these allow for increased efficiency, safer operations and faster service here at YLW,” said Ed Stephens, senior manager of airport development.

In 2017 and 2018, YLW will also work on the preliminary design for 17 projects in the new airport improvement fee program, including a terminal and apron expansion, new east taxiway, self-serve baggage drop and new loading bridges.

March was YLW’s busiest month ever with 173,504 passengers through the doors. That’s up 14.2 per cent since 2016.

YLW and its nine airline partners offer direct flights to 17 scheduled and seasonal destinations.

Just Posted

Vernon students give the gift of life

Student encourage classmates to become life-long blood donors

Society offers up Christmas dinner

Vernon’s Together For Christmas looks after homeless, poor and those alone and lonely on Dec. 25

Arrest made in lotto ticket thefts

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP helped by observant public

B.C. Conservatives applaud Site C decision

B.C. Conservatives happy with government decision to proceed

Vernon civic candidate signage rules relaxed

Candidates permitted to post unlimited signs on public property

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

B.C. polygamous leader argues charge should be dropped in charter challenge

Winston Blackmore argues some of the evidence shouldn’t be used against him

Greyhound Canada offers “made-in-Canada” solution to growing lack of access to bus service

Greyhound Canada says Connecting Communities Fund will address rural concerns

LETTER: Proportional representation makes votes count

Fair Vote Canada representative responds to Tom Fletcher column

B.C. dog owners warn about chain collars after puppy almost strangled

Young Rottweiler pup couldn’t breathe after another dog caught tooth on his collar

Kamloops RCMP hunt for sexual assault suspect

Police are asking for your help locating Dolapo Ibukun Babatunde

Accused NYC subway bomber expected to face federal charges

Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged Tuesday with terrorism and weapons related charges

Most Read