With nearly 7,000 passengers expected each day, this holiday travel season promises to be an active one at the Kelowna International Airport (YLW). Travelling during the holidays can be stressful, so be sure to plan in advance and prepare for longer than normal wait times at the airport.
YLW anticipates increased, but steady traffic flow from Dec. 18 through Jan. 4, with more than 100,000 passengers expected through the doors. The busiest travel days of the season will be Sunday, Dec. 20, Thursday Dec. 24 and Sunday Dec. 27.
Although there are more than 2,600 stalls available, parking at YLW is expected to reach full capacity during this peak period. Those needing to park at YLW should follow signage and parking lot staff directions. People travelling during this period should also consider alternative transportation to the airport, such as taxi and limousine services, airport shuttle services, public transit or having a friend drop them off. When arranged in advance, alternative transportation methods are a convenient and stress-free option.
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. Passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport in plenty of time. 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 for international flights.
For more holiday travel tips, including information on what can and cannot be packed in luggage, visit the Holiday Travel page at ylw.kelowna.ca.
As the 11th busiest airport in Canada, YLW’s total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province of British Columbia. Serving 1.6 million passengers in 2014, YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with six airline partners. For more information, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.