Kelowna’s airport advisory committee adds south Okanagan respresentatives

Representatives from Penticton, Summerland and South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce to join committee.

Kelowna is expanding its airport advisory committee to include representatives from the south Okanagan given the growing regional reach of the facility.

Kelowna’s airport advisory committee has increased its membership to include representation from the South Okanagan.

“YLW serves 1.39 million passengers annually and from our market research we know 16 per cent of these passengers’ final destination is the South Okanagan,” said airport director Sam Samaddar.

“Having this representation from the South Okanagan will provide collaboration from the entire region, which is integral to the future of Kelowna International Airport and the region’s economic prosperity.

At it meeting on Monday, Kelowna city council approved amendments to the advisory committee’s terms of reference to increase its membership to include representatives from Penticton, the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.

Also approved at the council meeting was the appointment of Meryle Corbett as Kelowna’s community-at-large representative.

The recent appointments bring the membership of the committee to 18 members including those from the Kelowna (3), the Central Okanagan Regional District, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Peachland, Lake Country, West Kelowna, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism, Vernon’s Chamber of Commerce, Westbank’s Chamber of Commerce, the Westbank First Nation, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and Tourism Kelowna.

Elected officials from member communities are appointed to the advisory committee by their respective local governments and serve three years terms.

As one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada, YLW’s total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province of B.C.  Serving 1.39 million passengers in 2011, YLW has started  2012 with four record-breaking months and an overall growth rate 4.5 per cent ahead of 2011.