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Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is the largest municipally owned airport in Canada. YLW has been operated by the City of Kelowna since its inception in 1946.

The Airport Director is an officer of the City, and has overall responsibility for airport management and operations. City Council ultimately makes the final decisions concerning airport management and operations.

Kelowna City Council

The City of Kelowna is governed by an elected Council comprised of a Mayor and eight Councillors. Councillors are elected for four-year terms and each member represents the city at large.

Mayor: Colin Basran

Councillors: Maxine DeHart, Ryan Donn, Gail Given, Charlie Hodge, Brad Sieben, Mohini Singh, Luke Stack, and Loyal Wooldridge.

Airport Advisory Committee

The Airport Advisory Committee is a standing committee of Kelowna City Council, established to ensure participation from local business and community interests within the region serviced by the airport. The committee makes recommendations to council regarding airport operations and development. Committee members are appointed by Kelowna City Council, councils representing other local governments in the airport region, and various community and business groups. Committee members serve for three-year terms coinciding with the term of office for council members.

Airport Management:

 Sam Samaddar
 Airport Director
 Phone: 250-807-4301

Shayne Dyrdal
Senior Manager, Airport Finance & Corporate Services 
Phone: 250-807-4303

Phillip Elchitz
Senior Manager, Airport Operations
Phone: 250-807-4304

Ed Stephens
Senior Manager, Airport Development
Phone: 250-807-4308

Kevin Vleeming
Acting Airport Safety & Security Manager
Phone: 250-807-4306

Paul Crenson
Airport Administration Manager
Phone: 250-807-4310
Fax: 250-765-0213

James Hall
Airport Operations Manager
Phone: 250-807-4305

Neil Drachenberg
Acting Manager, Airport Emergency & Operational Readiness
Phone: 250-807-4318


Darrell Belgrove
Chief, Airport Operations & Fire
Phone: 250-807-4319

Lori Seemann
Manager, Business Development & Community Relations
Phone: 250-807-4309

Henry Castorf
Airport Project Manager
Phone: 250-807-4307

Joe Yakimchuk
Airport Project Manager
Phone: 250-807-4322
Jeff Monk
Airport Duty Manager
Phone: 250-807-4321
For YLW media inquiries, please call 250-317-0579.