Kelowna airport numbers are up, up and away

Passenger numbers at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) keep flying higher as passenger statistics for the end of summer have just been released.

“We are very pleased to see the continued growth in our passenger numbers,” says Airport Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator Jenelle Hynes. “We have seen seven of the last eight months in 2012 be record breaking months, and this summer ended with almost 15,000 more passengers than last summer.”

Passenger numbers released show 972,663 passengers flew in and out of YLW between January and August, 3.98 per cent (or 37, 274 passengers) ahead of the same period in 2011. August 2012 became the busiest month in the airport’s history with 136,101 passengers - an increase of 5.8 per cent over last year.

“With this growth, we reached our one millionth passenger mark in the first week in September this year, which is weeks ahead of the past few years,” says Hynes. “It was only a seven years ago that YLW first reached its one-million passengers in a single year, in December 2005.”

The steady increase in passenger growth at YLW is expected to continue as the winter flight schedule begins shortly with non-stop service to sunny destinations such as Phoenix, AZ, Las Vegas NV, and Los Cabos, Puerto Vallerta, Cancun Mexico. Saturday seasonal service on WestJet to Los Angeles (LAX) begins Nov. 3 and daily year-round service from LAX on YLW’s newest carrier United Airlines starting Dec. 19, with an additional Saturday United flight also added between January-April.

For more information on non-stop destinations from YLW visit the airport’s official website at


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