YLW flying high on cheap airfare

The Kelowna Airport where a frantic mother had a close call when her baby locked the car doors with her on the outside.
Image Credit: SOURCE/kelowna.ca

KELOWNA - Airfares are down and affordability up for those travelling to and from the Kelowna Airport.

With an average round trip for $432 (tax included) YLW now ranks as the second most affordable of popular Canadian and American border airports. It's a big jump from Kelowna's eighth place ranking in 2012.

The findings are part of Cheapflights.ca 2013 Airport Affordability Index which takes a snapshot of August flight prices for 20 airports used to travel to top destinations.

Attractive prices may be part of the reason YLW was announcing its millionth passenger a month earlier than expected. Kelowna Airport officials say it's been a record breaking year, thanks to a busy summer tourist season.

But it's Bellingham International Airport that boasts the best deals.

With an average round trip for $316 Bellingham holds the top spot as the most affordable airport. Runners up include Moncton, Victoria International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County.

Some tricks to nab a bargain flight?

Plan ahead and don't be too picky. Cheapflights.ca advises people consider different airports and dates when booking their departures and arrivals. 

Complete rankings along with last year's results are posted at Cheapflights.ca

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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