Kelowna International Airport (YLW) in Canada is set to commence terminal building expansion works in summer 2023.
The decision was made after Kelowna City Council approved $90m for the expansion.
It will be the airport’s largest infrastructure project so far, and financed using fees paid by airport users.
The airport has been prepping up for the project in the past seven months with enabling works such as excavation and other civil works.
Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas said: “This investment in YLW will have significant benefits for all of Kelowna. It is an investment in our regional economy, helping to support increased air service for both passengers and goods.”
The first phase of the project will see expanded departures lounge that will have better connectivity to aircraft gates and more food and beverage options.
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It will also see expanded security screening area, creation of new direct access to south gates for departing and arriving passengers and enhanced wayfinding.
This phase will add nearly 5,590m2 of new area and 1,200m2 of refurbished area to the terminal, which was already over capacity in 2019 .
Construction works for phase one are scheduled to be complete in 2026.
Kelowna Airport director Sam Samaddar said: “We know that construction will have impacts to guests visiting YLW, such as noise and impacts to existing amenities and parking. Our team is working to minimise these impacts as much as possible.
“We will be sharing more information about what passengers can expect at YLW as we approach construction. We thank everyone for their patience as we complete this work to make these important improvements.”