Canadian Airports Safety Week 2021

September 27, 2021

News Release

Today, Kelowna International Airport (YLW), along with 16 airports across Canada, kicked off Canadian Airports Safety Week, an airport-led initiative to promote healthy and safe work practices among airport employees.

“YLW has always focused on ensuring safety for everyone who enters the terminal or steps onto the airfield. Throughout COVID 19, it has been more important than ever to continue to expand safety measures at YLW in new and innovative ways.” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “We continue to be among the top ten busiest airports throughout the pandemic, and safety measures taken by airport staff are key to ensuring travellers feel confident in returning to air travel through YLW.”

From September 27 to October 1, all airport staff, whether they are working in the terminal building or on the airfield, will have the opportunity to take part in virtual safety-themed activities and events throughout the week. This week is a prime opportunity to remind airport employees of the enhanced safety culture at airports due to COVID-19 as well as a chance to thank them for their contributions to safety.

“Airport safety affects everyone, whether you are a passenger or airport employee,” said CAC president Daniel-Robert Gooch. “Canada’s airports have made significant investments over the years in their infrastructure, including safety related airside projects, to ensure all workers and passengers are safe.”

About Canadian Airports Safety Week

Canadian Airports Safety Week is an airport-led initiative that promotes healthy and safe work practices among airport employees. Sixteen 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 27: Environmental safety and COVID-19 safety measures
  • Day 2 - Tuesday, September 28: Worker safety and hazard reporting
  • Day 3 - Wednesday, September 29: Airside safety and security
  • Day 4 - Friday, October 1: Foreign object debris (FOD)

YLW has made significant investments over the years in their infrastructure, including safety related airside projects, to ensure all workers and passengers are safe and has moved quickly to respond to the threat of COVID-19. Passengers are reminded to monitor for signs of illness, postpone travelling if feeling sick and avoid coming to the airport if unwell. For more tips for a healthy and safe trip, visit ylw.kelowna.ca/HealthyTravel.

Learn more about the CAC and Safety Week at canadasairports.ca