YLW’s passenger numbers soar to 1.7 M!

January 11, 2017
News release

The numbers are in and they’re even better than expected! Kelowna International Airport (YLW) served 1,732,113 passengers in 2016, an increase of 8.7 per cent since last year. That represents nearly 140,000 additional travellers!

December proved to be YLW’s busiest month ever, with 166,537 passengers, surpassing the record-breaking month of August.

“This is great news not only for YLW, but also the entire region,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “The increase in passenger traffic means an increase in tourism, a boost to the regional economy and additional support for our local businesses.”

Nearly every month in 2016 saw tremendous growth, ranging from 4-17 per cent.

Month

2016

2015

% Difference

January

149,574

139,144

7.50%

February

144,063

133,971

7.53%

March

151,909

140,110

8.42%

April

119,787

119,326

0.39%

May

126,674

121,149

4.56%

June

135,069

124,124

8.82%

July

150,180

143,401

4.73%

August

160,846

147,427

9.10%

September

143,166

128,036

11.82%

October

147,705

126,329

16.92%

November

136,603

120,707

13.17%

December

166,537

149,882

11.11%

“The reason for the increase is in large part due to the launch of new routes and airlines, along with increased capacity on current popular destinations,” said Samaddar. “The Okanagan’s status as a four-season destination doesn’t hurt either, with world-class skiing, wineries and agri-tourism drawing travellers to the region, especially with the weakened Canadian dollar.”

The growth doesn’t stop here. An additional three per cent growth is expected in 2017, as highlighted in YLW’s Master Plan 2045.

For more information on Kelowna International Airport, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.