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Kelowna International Airport
WMO: 71203
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
Operator City of Kelowna
Serves Kelowna, British Columbia
Hub for
Time zone PST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,421 ft / 433 m
Coordinates 49°57′26″N 119°22′40″W / 49.95722°N 119.37778°W / 49.95722; -119.37778Coordinates: 49°57′26″N 119°22′40″W / 49.95722°N 119.37778°W / 49.95722; -119.37778
Website www.kelowna.ca
CYLW is located in British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,900 2,713 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft movements 72,607
Passengers 1,440,952
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passenger statistics from City of Kelowna (2012).[5]

Kelowna International Airport (IATA: YLWICAO: CYLW) is a Canadian airport located approximately 10 minutes or 6.2 nautical miles (11.5 km; 7.1 mi) northeast of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, on Highway 97.

The single runway airport operates scheduled air service to the major hub airports of Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as less frequent seasonal service to Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Currently, the airport handles up to 36 commercial departures a day, or approximately 210 departures per week.

In 2014, the airport was among the busiest airports in Canada by number of passengers with 1,602,988, representing a 6.5% increase over 2013.[6]

Terminal facilities[edit]

Interior of the airport terminal's check-in area.
Departure lounge of the airport.

Today, the recently expanded main terminal building is a modern, full-service facility covering approximately 76,000 sq ft (7,100 m2). There are 8 aircraft loading positions, all of which are fitted with jet bridges. The arrivals area contains three baggage carousels, one of which can be cordoned off to accommodate international/US arrivals (and remaining two for domestic arrivals) and Canadian Customs processing (The airport has CATSA pre-board screening area, but not US pre-boarding clearance zone).

Several food and beverage services, including Tim Horton's and White Spot Legends Restaurant, newsstands (Skyway Gifts and News), and tourist-related retail stores (Okanagan Estate Wine Cellar), in addition to a limited selection of duty-free goods (Okanagan Style and Duty Free), can be found in the terminal. The departure lounge features a wired business centre and complimentary wireless Internet. The airport's focal point is a glass rotunda which contains a fountain and the cylindrical glass sculpture "Escape from Stella Polaris" and Skyway Atrium Lounge. Kelowna Art Gallery operates a satelite site at the airport. A small observation area is located on the mezzanine level.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Key destinations from the airport are Pacific Northwest (US and Canada), Western Canada, Northern Canada, Toronto as well as season connections to Las Vegas, Mexico and Caribbean.

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson (ends May 31, 2015),[7] Vancouver
Air Canada Express Calgary, Vancouver
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson (begins June 1, 2015)[7]
Air North[8] Vancouver, Whitehorse
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Canadian North Charter: Kamloops, Vancouver
CanJet Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta, Cancún
Central Mountain Air Kamloops, Prince George
Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter Charter: Vancouver
Northwestern Air[9] Red Deer
Pacific Coastal Airlines[10] Cranbrook, Trail[11]
SkyLink Express Vancouver
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Las Vegas, Mazatlán, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
United Express San Francisco (ends April 6, 2015)
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Cancún, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
WestJet Encore Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Vancouver, Victoria


Cars, buses and taxis can connect to the airport for Kelowna via Highway 97N. The airport has an outdoor parking lot next to the terminal and some short term spaces near the terminal building.

Public transit[edit]

The airport is serviced by Kelowna Regional Route 23 and Vernon Regional Route 90 (rush hour service only) buses, which connect Vernon and Lake Country with UBC Okanagan Exchange in Kelowna. The airport is not served by the bus on evenings and weekends.[12] Passengers heading to downtown Kelowna or West Kelowna can transfer to 97X express bus at UBC Okanagan Exchange.

Future expansion[edit]

In 2006, the Kelowna International Airport Advisory Committee created the Master Plan 2025, a document dedicated to the expansion of the Kelowna International Airport. The Plan is expected to cost approximately $150 million. Due to YLW's unprecedented growth, a Master Plan was required to aid in keeping the airport at modern traffic handling standards. By 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 terminal size will be nearly doubled, and a 2,400 space parkade will be constructed. Also, to reduce vehicular traffic congestion, a diamond overpass/underpass interchange will be constructed at the current intersection of Highway 97 and Airport Way.[13]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

The following accidents occurred either at the airport, or involved aircraft using the airport:

  • July 14, 1986: Pacific Western Airlines Flight 117, a Boeing 737-200 flying from Calgary International Airport to Vancouver International Airport with a stop in Kelowna, left the runway while landing in Kelowna and came to rest approximately 1,300 ft (400 m) beyond the end of the runway. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, however, 5 crew members and 76 passengers suffered minor injuries.[14]
  • February 4, 2009: At 10:40 PST, a two-seat Cessna 152 coming from Salmon Arm crash-landed on Kelowna Airport's main runway. The two passengers on board were uninjured.
  • January 7, 2013: WestJet Flight 150, a Boeing 737-700 scheduled to depart at 07:00 PST to Edmonton International Airport, slid off the tarmac in Kelowna while it was taxiing to be de-iced during a heavy snowfall.[15] No injuries were reported among the 134 passengers on board.[15]


External links[edit]

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The Province (blog)
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:03:45 -0800

For the fifth year in a row, Kelowna International Airport has seen a record number of passengers come through its gates. In 2014, that number surpassed 1.6 million, which is 98,205 more than the previous year. The goal was to reach that milestone by ...


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:50:43 -0800

Late afternoon fog has reduced visibility at Kelowna International Airport, causing some delays and cancellations. YLW spokesperson Jenelle Hynes says fog rolled in about 5:30, reducing visibility to about one-eighth of a mile. As a result, several ...


Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:41:15 -0800

All flights will land at Kelowna International Airport, with shuttle options to the various resorts. Michael J. Ballingall, chairman of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and senior vice-president at Big White, says, “… the five ski resorts are ...


Kelowna Capital News
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:03:45 -0800

Kelowna International Airport has reached it's target of handling 1.6 million passengers per year one year early. Airport director Sam Samaddar told Kelowna city council during its annual budget deliberations Thursday that the 1.6 million passengers ...


Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:12:53 -0800

It's been the scene of almost constant construction over the past 25 years – and more is coming. Another expansion of Kelowna International Airport will begin this year, with passenger traffic at YLW already surpassing numbers not expected until 2016.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:43:02 -0800

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Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:40:53 -0800

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:18:45 -0800

Visibility is expected to be severely reduced in certain areas—travellers are warned to prepare for the road ahead on this foggy day. On Monday, there were several flight delays and cancellations at Kelowna International airport due to this foggy ...

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