Construction at YLW

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 2023 and 2032, YLW will invest over $355 million in upgrades to airport infrastructure. This is funded through airport revenues and Airport Improvement Fees and is not funded by tax dollars.

Construction Updates

  • From April 2-12, renovations are taking place to part of Okanagan Gifts located in the departure lounge of YLW.  We anticipate there will be some additional construction noise and passengers may see construction materials moving through the departures lounge as we complete this work. Our team is trying to mitigate these impacts by completing the majority of this work in the evening. We thank our passengers for this patience as we make these improvements.
  • We’ll be installing a geo-exchange field to support our goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. Please note that some stalls in long-term lot A will be blocked off to allow for the installation. If you are parking in long-term lot A, please respect signage and do not park in areas that are being blocked off so that this work can take place. Vehicles that are parked in this area after April 8 will be subject to towing. 


Air Terminal Building (ATB) Expansion

The observation deck, located on the second level of the terminal building, is temporarily closed to the public due to construction.

Passengers will see changes to parking in long-term lot A, restricted access into the terminal building from the south end of the building (departures), and demolition work in the security screening area. Throughout this three-year construction project, there will be additional temporary impacts to existing amenities in the departures lounge. Guests to YLW should expect minor changes to how they move through the terminal building and may experience some construction noise. Passengers are asked to follow new wayfinding signage.


2024 Airside Pavement Rehabilitation Program

In 2024 a multiphase airside pavement rehabilitation project will take place at Kelowna International Airport to ensure continued operation of the airport. YLW will complete four phases that includes upgrades to pavement surfaces on the three taxiways and construction of a new taxiway.

Budget: $6.4 million

2024 Pavement Rehab Map