On the heels of the busiest July at Kelowna International Airport (YLW), August broke all records to become the busiest month in the gateway’s history.
“We have achieved a new passenger record,” says airport director, Sam Samaddar. “With 131,914 passengers in August we have now surpassed the last record which was March 2008 with 129,243 passengers. We ended the month of August with 943,639 passengers so far in 2010, which is right on target to equal the record breaking year of 2008.”
Rising demand ensures that raising the capacity of the existing terminal remains a top priority of the Canadian gateway.
Its ‘Drive to 1.6 million passengers development program’ includes plans to expanded international arrivals area, a new trans-boarder departures facility, upgrades to the outbound baggage system, new domestic arrivals and departures concourses.
The work will take place between 2011 and 2016.