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Input Sought for YLW Master Plan

The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is looking for resident feedback and will be holding an open house for its Airport Master Plan.

The open house will take place on February 27th from 11:00 until 3:00 p.m. and showcase details for the 2045 plan. Residents will have an opportunity to review key aspects of the draft plan and provide feedback that will be considered in the development of the final master plan.

“We know that decision-making processes are significantly improved on a local, regional and provincial scale when the public is included in solutions,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “We’re looking for citizens to participate in discussions, identify issues and provide critical input on the plan.”

The Kelowna airport is the largest municipally owned and operated airport in Canada and serves 1.6 million passengers annually. Since 2013, YLW has seen a 6.5 per cent increase in passenger volume.

“As we’re unable to move the airport, we need to secure long-term sustainability to support the growth of YLW for future generations,” said Samaddar. “This master plan will guide our decisions over the next 30 years, so we need to ensure we get the community’s input on key aspects of the plan.”

The master plan open house will take place at YLW’s Spring Travel Event, a free event where guests meet with air carriers, travel agents, hotels and resorts to get helpful travel tips and information on popular vacation destinations. The open house will be located on the airport’s second floor mezzanine. Free parking will be provided in the long-term lot, with validation.

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