Kelowna airport expecting heavy holiday traffic

Holiday travel season promises to be an active one at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

With record-breaking passenger numbers and more airlines serving YLW than ever before, the holiday travel season promises to be an active one at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

YLW expects brisk but steady traffic flow through Jan. 5, with more than 100,000 passengers and guests expected through the doors over a two-week span. The busiest travel days of the year will be the next three Sundays and Mondays, starting today, with more than 7,500 travellers expected each day.

Although there are 2,600 parking stalls available, parking at YLW is expected to reach full capacity over this peak period. Those parking at YLW should follow signage and parking lot staff directions. Alternatively, people travelling during this busy holiday period should consider having a friend or family member drop them off and pick them up; taxi and limousine services; airport shuttle services; and Kelowna Transit.

The airport terminal building opens at 3:30 a.m. with check-in counters, pre-board screening and food services available at 4 a.m.

Passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport in plenty of time. It is recommended to check-in and drop off your baggage for domestic flights at least 90 minutes before boarding time of your flight, and at least two hours prior for U.S. and Mexico flights. Avoid last-minute check-ins and the disappointment of missed flights.

Holiday travel tips – such as items that can and cannot be packed in luggage, security information, transportation options and frequently asked questions – can be found at under the Holiday Travel tab. Arrival and departure information can also be found at the website.