Passenger figures soar

Kelowna International Airport has surpassed the one millionth passenger mark, the earliest in its history

Kelowna International Airport has surpassed the one millionth passenger mark, the earliest in its history.

At the end of August, YLW passenger numbers reached 1,001,294 which is almost three per cent more than the same period in 2012. Since January 2013, every month was record breaking. July and August became the busiest summer in YLW history with more than 14,000 more passengers combined flying through the facility.

“This year, and especially this summer, has been phenomenal for air travel through YLW,” said airport director Sam Samaddar.

“In 2005, we reached our first millionth passenger that year around Dec. 10, and last year it was mid-September. To top that number this year in August was a surprise, but it coincides with the great tourist season felt throughout the valley this July and August.”

Air North Yukon’s Airline recently announced it will continue to link the Yukon and the Okanagan year-round.

“Having this service available year-round now will provide great access to both our regions,” said Samaddar

“Those in the Yukon can take advantage of our milder winters, our winter daylight hours, fantastic ski hill options and even the connections from YLW to our many sun destinations.”

For those thinking about squeezing into a swimsuit and a holiday to a warmer climate this winter, non-stop flights and destination options at YLW continue to grow:

Year-round daily service to Los Angeles on United Airlines remains a popular flight as it celebrates one-year at YLW this December.

Flights to Phoenix will start again on Oct. 26 with an increase to twice a week service on Saturdays and Mondays with WestJet.

Try your luck in Las Vegas with non-stop flights every Thursday and Sunday on WestJet beginning Oct. 27.

Los Cabos, Mexico flights begin Oct. 26 every Saturday on WestJet.

Cancun, Mexico service begins Oct. 27 with WestJet on Sundays and Wednesdays with an additional Saturday flight by Transat Holidays starting on Dec. 21.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico proves to be another popular destination with Friday service on WestJet starting Oct. 25 and Transat Holidays every Friday as of Dec. 20.

A new Mexico destination is added this year on Thursdays by Sunwing to Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo starting Dec. 19.