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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:

The Outbound Baggage Hall Expansion will more than double processing capacity and use modern technology for screening and self-baggage drop. This project will also include updates to the airline offices and check-in counters. Projected completion is Fall 2017.

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 enhancements will see the construction of two new restaurants, a wine-themed bar, improvements to the White Spot kitchen and revitalized seating areas.

Airport Plaza

In partnership with PatAIRa Holdings, this development will add new amenities, including a gas station, convenience store and new food outlets 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 ugrades 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.