Airport development

YLW is expanding the airport to better meet the needs of our growing region. Our multi-year expansion plans include our largest terminal expansion to date, fully serviced lots for light industrial and commercial business, new parking options, safety and sustainability upgrades, and much more.

Between 2019 and 2029, YLW will invest over $240 million in upgrades to airport infrastructure. The expansion is funded through airport revenues and Airport Improvement Fees and is not funded by tax dollars.

There are more than 30 significant projects planned for 2020. All of these projects contribute to a more efficient and enjoyable passenger experience at YLW and include:

Airport Terminal Building Expansion

In 2019, YLW began Phase 1 and 2 to design a new south terminal building.

Construction of the new terminal will be phased over three years and is expected to begin in Spring 2020.

Phase 1 includes:

  • expanded Departures Lounge to improve connections to aircraft gates and increase food and beverage options
  • expanded security screening area to reduce the time it takes to clear security
  • new direct access to south gates for departing and arriving passengers
  • new loading bridge at Gate 2 to accommodate more aircraft
  • improved wayfinding

Phase 2 includes:

  • expanded terminal building for relocated domestic arrivals area with new baggage carousels
  • repurposed existing arrivals area to accommodate larger area for international arrivals and CBSA
  • further expansion of the Departures Lounge to increase capacity
  • relocated rental car, shuttle and tourism booths
Terminal Building Roof Replacement

We're replacing the roof on the terminal building as it has reached end-of-life. Roof work will continue over several phases, and once complete, 48,000 square feet of roofing will be replaced.

Upgrades include:

  • A new roof and waterproof membrane

  • Upgrades to insulation to improve energy savings

Construction work on the next phase of the roof replacement will start Spring 2020 and continue until Fall 2020. The final phase of work will be complete by Fall 2021.

Long-term Parking Lot Expansion - In progress

In 2019, work began to develop new parking areas to accommodate more vehicle parking at the airport.

All parking lot expansion work is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.

The expansion includes:

  • 600 new parking stalls for use by valet

  • paving 500 existing spaces that are currently gravel

  • installation of new LED lighting, security cameras and phone stations
Airside Pavement Rehabilitation - In progress

Over the next 10 years, YLW will complete airside rehabilitation work to ensure continued operation of the airport.

  • Design and construction will start in 2019 and continue until 2029
  • Upgrades to end-of-life pavement surfaces on the airfield, aprons, taxiways and runway.
Airport Way Improvements - Complete

Construction work to improve pedestrian access for passengers and employees is now complete!

In 2019, we widening the sidewalk from the arrivals area to the west parking lot and relocated the designated smoking area away from the terminal building.

As part of these upgrades, this year, we'll be adding a shelter to the smoking area and installing additional bike racks.

Electric vehicle charging stations - Complete

Electric vehicle charging stations are now at YLW.

In June 2019, four new electric vehicle charging stations were installed at the Cell Phone Waiting Area, located off Airport Way.

Two fast charging stations can charge a compact electric vehicle in about a half an hour, as compared to a Level-2 station that requires about three to four hours.

Learn more about electric vehicle charging and rates on our Parking page.

Development opportunities

Kelowna International Airport is seeking companies to develop vacant land at our premium facility.  As a primary economic generator in the region with a large base of aviation, industrial and hi-tech businesses, YLW is well positioned for future growth.

YLW is British Columbia's second gateway airport, connecting you to the entire Okanagan Valley, a four-season destination. Kelowna is situated on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north. With fantastic local amenities, ready access to Highway 97 and close proximity to suppliers and transportation, YLW is the ideal location for your business.

Contact us at for more information about development opportunities at the airport.

Current opportunities

West Lands development

YLW has completed zoning, servicing and roadway requirements to welcome new businesses at the airport. 

  • Light industrial or commercial sites available (zoned CD12)
  • Parcels from two to 14 acres available
  • Direct access to Highway 97 and with easy access to the Okanagan Highway Corridor

Retail, commercial and hospitality 

Available properties have excellent highway exposure and are adjacent to the terminal for retail, entertainment and hospitality developments.

  • Parcels up to eight acres (zoned CD12)

East Lands development (aviation and industrial)

Conceptual designs for Phase 1 development at YLW is now complete. This location will accommodate Fixed based operators (FBO), fuelling facilities, maintenance repair operators (MRO), and manufacturing facilities. 

  • 12 HA of developable land
  • Future parallel taxiway