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Airport development

To better serve the needs of our passengers and meet our region's increasing demands for air service, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has put into place a phased development program. Between 2010 and 2020 YLW will have invested over $92 million in facility upgrades.

These projects will be paid for through the $15 Airport Improvement Fee (AIF), which is collected by the airlines from each departing passenger, on behalf of YLW to support development projects. YLW has one of the lowest AIF's among Canadian airports.

Current projects that will contribute to a more efficient and enjoyable passenger experience include:

Outbound Baggage Hall

After 25 months, 36,123 square feet, 700 metres of conveyor belt, and over 100 companies and partners, Kelowna International Airport is proud to announce that the new Outbound Baggage Hall is officially open!

Departures Lounge Enhancements

Phase I of this project is now complete. It included the modernization of retail outlets and the business centre and the addition of a new Kid's Zone.

Phase II of the Departures Lounge renovations is also complete. The renovations included the construction of two new restaurants: a Tim Horton’s coffee kiosk and Subway.

Airport Plaza

Now Open! In partnership with PatAIRa Holdings, this development added new amenities, including an Esso gas station, an On the Run convenience store, a Tom Hortons and a Freshii restaurant, to meet the current and future needs of passengers and airport employees.

West Lands Development

The West Lands Development will see the build-out of new serviced lots, ready for development by tenants providing aviation support services.

Apron I Rehabilitation

The Apron I rehabilitation will provide the main apron with increased capacity to support heavier aircraft and more frequent traffic. Phase I of this project will begin in 2017.

Airfield Lighting Retrofits

This project will include upgrades to existing runway, taxiway and arpon lights and signage.

Localizer Relocation

This project is a cost sharing agreement with NavCanada to replace aircraft navigation equipment. The facility will be relocated to accommodate a future runway extension.

Runway End Safety Area Relocation

This project will see the reconfiguration of the Runway End Safety Areas (RESA) to satisfy changes to regulatory requirements.