Facts & statistics

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) maintains a detailed statistical database on all aspects of its operation.

Below are the annual passenger numbers over the last decade. Additional information is included in the Airport's Annual Financial Report.

YLW’s passenger numbers reached an all-time high in 2018 with 2,059,030 passengers.  In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted YLW’s operations and passenger numbers decreased to 737,447.  

Bar graph displaying passenger numbers from 2011 to 2020

For more information about expected growth at YLW in Master Plan 2045.

Monthly passenger numbers 

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021
Jan.149,574163,319176,389181,729174,82431,417
Feb.144,063161,626173,940179,039173,51726,892
March151,909173,504185,796193,715104,94830,339
April119,787 146,331 156,816155,5325,706 
May126,674143,061155,911155,2596,805 
June135,069143,008162,040160,89415,355 
July150,180163,751187,678178,60241,515 
Aug.160,846179,153201,485183,19150,514 
Sept.143,166148,289158,535154,39643,983 
Oct.147,705150,947162,136162,59745,842 
Nov.136,603 143,350148,720145,26637,351 
Dec.166,537177,131189,584*181,79937,107 
Total1,732,113 1,893,470 2,059,030*2,032,019737,447 

*Note: Due to a reporting error being identified, these numbers were updated in January 2020.