Busiest five days ahead at Kelowna airport

Today marks the start of the busiest stretch of days at Kelowna’s International Airport

Kelowna International Airport is in its busiest stretch of the year.

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is anticipating another busy holiday season, with over 100,000 passengers expected over the next three weeks.

Passengers are advised to plan in advance and prepare for longer than normal wait times at the airport, in order to reduce travel-related stress.

YLW anticipates increased, but steady traffic flow from through Jan. 7.

The busiest travel days of the season will be Dec. 22 through Dec. 27. To help make your travel experience as easy as possible, follow the below travel tips:

Consider alternative transportation

Although there are more than 2,600 stalls available, parking at YLW is expected to reach full capacity during this peak period. People travelling during this period should also consider alternative transportation to the airport, such as taxi and limousine services, airport shuttles, public transit or having a friend drop them off.

Explore parking options

There are a number of parking options available to travelers, including short and long-term, curbside and valet. YLW also has a new cell phone waiting area near the airport plaza. Those needing to park at YLW should follow signage and parking lot staff directions.

Arrive at the airport early

The airport terminal building opens at 3:30 a.m. with check-in counters, pre-board screening and food services available at 4 a.m. It is recommended to check-in and drop off your baggage for domestic flights at least 90 minutes before your boarding time and at least two hours prior to international flights.

Know what you can bring through security screening

Avoid surrendering items and guarantee that your valuables make it through security screening. Search CATSA’s permitted and non-permitted lists to see which items to pack in your carry-on and checked baggage. If you’re bringing gifts, leave them unwrapped as they may need to be inspected. Check with your airline to learn about their baggage restrictions and fees.

Confirm your airline’s identification requirements and pet policies

Check with your airline to ensure you have the required identification and valid travel documentation for everyone, including children. Some airlines have restrictions on travelling with pets during peak holiday periods. Talk to your airline in advance if you’re planning on travelling with your pet.

For more holiday travel tips, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.

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