Kelowna International Airport (YLW) recently announced that it surpassed 2 million passengers in 2023, an exciting milestone for the airport and a sign of recovery for the aviation sector. YLW welcomed 2,032,624 passengers in 2023, an increase of over 18% from 2022.

“As one of the country’s fastest recovering airports, YLW is an important economic driver for our community,” said Mayor Tom Dyas. “I am very encouraged to see this high growth rate of passengers travelling through YLW and the benefits that will have to our entire region.” 

 YLW connects the Okanagan to 21 non-stop domestic and international destinations and over 200 one-stop connections. 

“This is a tremendous milestone for YLW and our region, demonstrating the strong demand for air travel to and from the Okanagan, as well as the confidence and trust that our passengers have in the airport,” said Sam Samaddar, YLW Chief Executive Officer and Tourism Kelowna Board Member. “I would like to thank our community for their continued support of YLW.”  

YLW is the 10th busiest airport in Canada and a key economic driver for the region.

“This exciting milestone has been an integral piece of the ongoing recovery of our local tourism economy,” adds Tourism Kelowna President & CEO, Lisanne Ballantyne. “The strong air service connections offered by YLW make it easy for travellers to access our destination from near and far.”

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