Canadian airports kick off Safety Week

September 17, 2018
News release

KELOWNA - Today Kelowna International Airport (YLW), along with 29 airports across Canada, kicked off Canadian Airports Safety Week, an airport-led initiative to promote healthy and safe work practices among airport employees.

From September 17-21, all airport staff, whether they are working in the terminal building or on the airfield, will have the opportunity to take part in safety-themed activities and events throughout the week.

“At Kelowna International Airport, every team member makes it his or her priority to ensure the airport remains safe, secure and operational,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “We value our employees and it’s important that they return home safely at the end of every shift. Safety Week is just one way we are working to keep safety top of mind.”

As one of the top 11 busiest airports in Canada, YLW’s total economic impact is 4,545 jobs and $789 million in total economic output to the province of British Columbia. Serving 1.89 million passengers in 2017, YLW offers more than 70 daily non-stop commercial flights with nine airline partners. For more information on YLW’s Safety Week visit

About Canadian Airports Safety Week

Canadian Airports Safety Week is an airport-led initiative that promotes healthy and safe work practices among airport employees. Twenty-nine airports are actively taking part this year, which is being led by the Canadian Airports Council (CAC). Canadian Airports Safety Week was first launched in 2015 by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, with 24 participating airports.

Canadian Airports Safety Week focuses on a key safety theme each day:

Day 1 - Monday, September 17: Worker Safety

Day 2 – Tuesday, September 18: Airside Safety

Day 3 - Wednesday, September 19: Security Safety

Day 4 - Thursday, September 20: Hazard Reporting and Environmental Safety

Day 5 - Friday, September 21: Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Free Friday

For more information on YLW’s Safety Week visit