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.

 

Just Posted

Kelowna firefights camp out under the stars for youth recovery house

The firefighters will be on the top of the Yacht Club until tomorrow night

Sheryl Crow hits West Kelowna for Mission Hill Winery concert

Songstress seems struck by the natural beauty of the Okanagan

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Saturday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Okanagan wildfires have potential to become firestorms, says UBC expert

David Andison said to let smaller fires go, to create pockets in the landscape for new forests

Evacuation order downgraded near Mount Eneas wildfire

Fire chief Dennis Craig said wind was blowing the fire away from homes

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Saturday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Wildfire near Keremeos still burning at 255 hectares

The Placer Mountain wildfire is still active

2017 wildfires give B.C. mom chance to say thank you to officer who saved her son

An unlikely encounter in the rural community of Likely, near Williams Lake

UPDATED: Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters defy eviction order

Demonstrators at Camp Cloud in Burnaby say they won’t leave, but will meet with city officials

B.C. tent city camper arrested for taking coins from fountain

The man, who built a shelter at a Saanich park, says homeless people are unfairly targeted

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

VIDEO: B.C. rancher demands change on how gov’t handles emergencies after 2017 wildfires

Essential service designation, tax deferrals should be on the table for ranchers

From hot dog to not dog: stuffed toy prompts car break in

Victoria couple said dog toy had been in the backseat for 18 years without problems

Most Read