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NEW SERVICES AND AMENITIES REFLECT BY TRACEY FREDRICKSON R


ecord passenger growth continues to spur expansion and development at Kelowna International Airport. From passengers taking advantage of new flight connections to the opening of a


second White Spot location, new services and infrastructure improvements mean greater convenience, comfort and efficiency for airport customers.


Sam Samaddar, Airport Director


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PASSENGER TRAFFIC CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS


Passenger numbers at YLW continue to set records with the first five months of 2012 being the busiest for those months in the airport’s history. The number of passengers to go through the airport increased 2.04 percent in January over the previous year, 6.22 percent in February, 6.37 percent in March, 3.29 percent in April, and 1.3 percent in May. This steady increase is a year to date growth rate of 3.9 percent at YLW.


“This increased passenger traffic ranges from in-bound visitors coming to ski the Okanagan over the winter months to locals travelling to sun destinations on new and existing non-stop flights” says Kelowna International Airport Director, Sam Samaddar. “The extension of Westjet service to Las Vegas from six to eight months reflects the demand for these kinds of connections.”


BUILDING DEVELOPMENT


As part of the further expansion of YLW through its Drive to 1.6 Million Passengers Development Program, one of the airport’s tenants, Carson Air, is currently developing 121,000 square feet of land at the northwest end of the airport. This construction, part of a fuel dealership agreement between Carson Air and Shell Aviation Canada, will include an expanded bulk aviation fuel storage facility that will allow more fuel to be stored at the airport to supply the increased number of aircraft flying in and out of Kelowna.


Construction will also include 21,000 square feet of additional hangar space and 5,000 square feet of new office space for Carson Air and other YLW partners. Up to 15 jobs for aerospace workers will be created with this development.


THE RED DEER CONNECTION


Markets in both the Okanagan and Red Deer have embraced the Northwestern Air connection between Kelowna and Red Deer introduced in April. The 75-minute flight takes place on a 19-passenger Jetstream 32 aircraft that operates on Fridays and Sundays.


Northwestern Air initiated the flight as a result of continuous inquiries about flights to the Okanagan. As the regional hub for Central BC, YLW is a convenient access point for travellers from Alberta. Previously, however, travellers from the Red Deer area had to connect through Calgary or Edmonton. With the new non-stop flight, passengers travelling for pleasure and on business, including Okanagan residents commuting to the Alberta oil sands for work, are enjoying direct service between the Okanagan and Red Deer area and continuing service to northern Alberta.


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