Kelowna Airport sets passenger record for 2018
Kelowna International Airport's main terminal is pictured in this Wikimedia Commons photo taken on April 2, 2017.
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January 11, 2019 - 10:37 AM
KELOWNA - The final count is in at Kelowna Airport for 2018 with a record 2,080,372 passengers flying in and out of the city, a 31 per cent increase in the past three years.
Last fall, airport staff predicted the two million mark would easily be reached this year, well ahead of their original forecast of 2020.
It also makes Kelowna the 10th busiest airport in Canada, edging out Victoria. The busiest two months were December with 210,926 passengers and August with 201,485 passengers.
“Surpassing two million passengers and reaching top 10 this past year are incredible accomplishments for YLW and the Okanagan,” airport director Sam Samaddar said in a news release. “We are in a period of tremendous growth and the increase in travellers translates directly to a boost in the economy and support for local businesses.”
The growth in passenger volume is creating overcrowding at times so there is $240 million worth of expansion work being done in the next two years.
The airport offers more than 70 daily non-stop commercial flights with nine airline partners, the city says.
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