Sam Samaddar Kelowna International Airport Director, Stephen Fuhr, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country and Kelowna Mayor, Colin Basran. Sydney Morton/Capital News

Federal government invests in Kelowna International Airport

The $840,000 is to promote tourism and trade between Kelowna and Saskatoon

The federal government is providing $840,000 to promote tourism and trade for both Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker International Airport and Kelowna International Airport.

Through the investment, the two airports have committed to develop strategies and marketing campaigns to increase trans-border air passenger traffic in their two regions.

“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in the Saskatoon Airport Authority, partnered with the Kelowna Airport Authority, builds on our competitive advantages and will result in better access for international travelers to Kelowna and Saskatoon, boosting economic growth and creating good, middle-class jobs for Canadians.” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada in a news release.

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The initiatives will target airlines, while also marketing Saskatoon and Kelowna as tourist destinations in major U.S. cities. Tourism employs 15,000 people in the Kelowna area, and another 16,500 in Saskatoon.

Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan aims to build an economy in which Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and Canadian businesses are well-placed to participate in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.

“The Okanagan Valley sustains successful diverse communities and outstanding recreational opportunities in Kelowna and the corridor,” said Stephen Fuhr, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.

”Kelowna is the largest community (in the valley) and is also often recognized for it’s innovative entrepreneurs, as well as large corporations. The Government of Canada supports the efforts of Kelowna and Saskatoon airports, as they strive to serve the needs of tourism and business sectors effectively.”

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