Kelowna International Airport Commences Terminal Expansion Project

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has started construction work on its Air Terminal Building (ATB) expansion project.

Enabling construction works for the ATB expansion project began on Tuesday 13 September at Kelowna International Airport in British Columbia, Canada.

This work follows the project’s first phase, which commenced in 2019 to design the new south terminal building.

Kelowna International Airport
As the 10th busiest airport in Canada, YLW’s total economic impact is 4,545 jobs and $789 million in total economic output to the province of British Columbia

The ATB expansion project includes the airport’s largest terminal expansion to date in order to meet the growing demand for air travel in the region. It will also add new parking options and safety and sustainability upgrades.

Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport said:

“Our existing terminal building is already over capacity as we return to regular passenger numbers following COVID-19. It is important we prepare to make these large infrastructure improvements now so we can continue to serve our community into the future. We thank YLW passengers and guests for their patience as we complete this necessary work.”

The ATB expansion project will increase Kelowna Airport’s security screening area, thus improving the passenger experience by reducing the time it takes to clear security.

In addition, the departures lounge will be extended to improve connections to aircraft gates and increase food and beverage options.

In total, YLW will invest over 270 million CAD in upgrades to airport infrastructure. This expansion is funded through airport revenues and Airport Improvement Fees rather than tax dollars.

However, earlier this year, Kelowna International Airport received 18 million CAD in federal funding which will support infrastructure projects such as a combined operations building, a runway end safety area, and airport biosecurity infrastructure.

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