Kelowna International Airport

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Kelowna International Airport
CYLW.JPG
IATA: YLWICAO: CYLW
WMO: 71203
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerTransport Canada[1]
OperatorCity of Kelowna
ServesKelowna, British Columbia
Hub for
Time zonePST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL1,421 ft / 433 m
Coordinates49°57′26″N 119°22′40″W / 49.95722°N 119.37778°W / 49.95722; -119.37778Coordinates: 49°57′26″N 119°22′40″W / 49.95722°N 119.37778°W / 49.95722; -119.37778
Websitewww.kelowna.ca
Map
CYLW is located in British Columbia
CYLW
Location in British Columbia
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
16/348,9002,713Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft movements72,607
Passengers1,440,952
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passenger statistics from City of Kelowna (2012).[5]
 
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Kelowna International Airport
CYLW.JPG
IATA: YLWICAO: CYLW
WMO: 71203
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerTransport Canada[1]
OperatorCity of Kelowna
ServesKelowna, British Columbia
Hub for
Time zonePST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL1,421 ft / 433 m
Coordinates49°57′26″N 119°22′40″W / 49.95722°N 119.37778°W / 49.95722; -119.37778Coordinates: 49°57′26″N 119°22′40″W / 49.95722°N 119.37778°W / 49.95722; -119.37778
Websitewww.kelowna.ca
Map
CYLW is located in British Columbia
CYLW
Location in British Columbia
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
16/348,9002,713Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft movements72,607
Passengers1,440,952
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passenger statistics from City of Kelowna (2012).[5]

Kelowna International Airport (IATA: YLWICAO: CYLW) is a Canadian airport located approximately 10 minutes or 6.2 nautical miles (11.5 km; 7.1 mi) northeast of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, on Highway 97.

The single runway airport operates scheduled air service to the major hub airports of Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Los Angeles, and Seattle, as well as less frequent seasonal service to Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Currently, the airport handles up to 36 commercial departures a day, or approximately 210 departures per week.

In 2010, the airport was among the busiest airports in Canada by number of passengers with 1,391,725, representing a 1.8% increase over 2009.[5]

Terminal facilities[edit]

Interior of the airport terminal's check-in area.
Departure lounge of the airport.

Today, the recently expanded main terminal building is a modern, full-service facility covering approximately 76,000 sq ft (7,100 m2). There are 8 aircraft loading positions, all of which are fitted with jet bridges. The arrivals area contains three baggage carousels, one of which can be cordoned off to accommodate US arrivals and Canadian Customs processing.

Several food and beverage services, including Tim Horton's and White Spot Legends restaurant, newsstands, and tourist-related retail stores, in addition to a limited selection of duty-free goods, can be found in the terminal. The departure lounge features a wired business centre and complimentary wireless Internet. The airport's focal point is a glass rotunda which contains a fountain and the cylindrical glass sculpture "Escape from Stella Polaris". A small observation area is located on the mezzanine level.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air CanadaToronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Air Canada Express
operated by Jazz
Calgary, Vancouver
Air North[6]Whitehorse, Vancouver
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Seattle/Tacoma
Canadian NorthSeasonal: Vancouver, Kamloops
CanJetSeasonal: Puerto Vallarta, Cancún
Central Mountain AirKamloops, Prince George
Northwestern Air[7]Abbotsford, Red Deer
Pacific Coastal Airlines[8]Cranbrook
SkyLink ExpressVancouver
Sunwing AirlinesSeasonal: Las Vegas, Mazatlán, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (begins December 19, 2013)
United Express
operated by SkyWest Airlines[9]
Los Angeles
WestJetCalgary, Edmonton, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver,
Seasonal: Cancún, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
WestJet
operated by WestJet Encore
Vancouver, Victoria

Public transit[edit]

The airport is serviced by Kelowna Regional Route 23 and Vernon Regional Route 90 (rush hour service only) buses, which connect Vernon and Lake Country with UBC Okanagan Exchange in Kelowna. Airport is not being served by the bus on evenings and weekends.[10] Passengers heading to downtown Kelowna or West Kelowna can transfer to 97X express bus at UBC Okanagan Exchange.

Future expansion[edit]

In 2006, the Kelowna International Airport Advisory Committee created the Master Plan 2025, a document dedicated to the expansion of the Kelowna International Airport. The Plan is expected to cost approximately $150 million. Due to YLW's unprecedented growth, a Master Plan was required to aid in keeping the airport at modern traffic handling standards. By 2008, the airport lengthened the single runway to 8,900 ft (2,700 m), and plans to lengthen to 10,000 ft (3,000 m) by 2025. Also, there are plans for the passenger terminal to be expanded so as to allow hourly processing of 680 passengers by 2015, and 900 passengers by 2025. Currently, the hourly rate is approximately 400 passengers. In order to do this, the terminal size will be nearly doubled, and a 2,400 space parkade will be constructed. Also, to reduce vehicular traffic congestion, a diamond overpass/underpass interchange will be constructed at the current intersection of Highway 97 and Airport Way.[11]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

The following accidents occurred either at the airport, or involved aircraft using the airport:

References[edit]

External links[edit]