Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kelowna International Airport Sets New Records in 2010

The staff and management at YLW Airport continue to surpass their goals and increase overall passenger traffic. I have flown out of several major Canadian cities and find Kelowna International the friendliest, cleaniest and most efficient airport around. Kudos to the entire organization on another record breaking year!

Jason Neumann

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YLW soars to record heights in 2010

2010 was a record breaking year at Kelowna International Airport.

Nearly 1.4 million passengers went through YLW, a 1.76 per cent increase over 2009 and .13 per cent ahead of the record setting year of 2008.

“It was our goal in 2010 to reach the passenger levels of 2008,” says Airport Director Sam Samaddar.

“I am very pleased to announce we achieved this, and in fact YLW had three all-time record-breaking months.”

July and December saw new monthly records, with 122,965 and 126,513 passengers respectively.

August became the busiest month in YLW’s history with 131,914 passengers.

That is an increase of more than two per cent above of the previous record month of March 2008.

At a time when many airports saw a decline in air service, YLW was able to maintain its current service levels including non-stop service by WestJet and Air Canada to Canada’s largest airport Toronto Pearson International.

It also increased additional same-plane service to more locations in Canada including Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina.

Mexico and Las Vegas scheduled service was increased to six months from four for the 2010-11 winter season.

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