Airline service is essential to connect travellers with our destination. Tourism Kelowna works with the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to support its activities and market to travellers in destinations within and beyond Canada. Below, you'll find a round-up of some recent news from YLW.  

Airport Passenger Numbers Exceed 2 million in 2023

YLW Terminal Building
Photo credit: Darren Hull Photography

YLW recently announced that it surpassed 2 million passengers in 2023, welcoming 2,032,624 passengers for the year, an increase of over 18% from 2022.

“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.”

Renderings of New YLW Hotel Property Unveiled

Sutton Place Unveiling

In late January, YLW and Northland Properties unveiled renderings of The Sutton Place Hotel Kelowna.

Along with the six-storey, 245-room luxury hotel—set to be built adjacent to YLW's terminal building with numerous amenities including meeting space for events—a seven-level, 1,000-stall parkade will be constructed. The project is expected to begin in 2025 and is anticipated to be completed three years later.

WestJet Expands Summer 2024 Air Service

YLW Airport Terminal
Photo credit: Darren Hull Photography

In mid-February, WestJet announced it would offer increased service between Kelowna and Toronto, with flight frequency and capacity being expanded starting on April 28. During peak summer months, the airline will have daily direct flights between the two cities.

WestJet will also provide additional seasonal service to Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon during the summer (starting in June).


Learn more about the items above through YLW's News & Events page.

Find construction updates related to the Airport Terminal Building (ATB) Expansion Project here.