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People flying in and out of Kelowna this month will start to notice construction activity pick up.
That’s because work is set to begin on the largest infrastructure in the history of Kelowna International Airport (YLW), the Terminal Building Expansion Project (TBEP).
Phase one of the project will take three years and add around 5,590 square metres of new space to the terminal building, along with 1,200 square metres of renovations.
That includes an expanded departures lounge with improved food and beverage options, an expanded security screening area, new direct access on several gates and improved wayfinding.
“This project will improve connectivity to our region for those travelling to the Okanagan and for our residents and is reflective of the growing importance of YLW to our region's economic development and potential,” says Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas.
“The TBEP project will provide our community a more efficient and comfortable travel experience when travelling through YLW.”
Starting this month, passengers will see changes to parking in long-term Lot A, restricted access into the terminal building from the south end and demolition work beginning in the security screening area.
According to YLW, there will be additional temporary impacts to existing amenities in the departures lounge throughout the duration of the three-year project.
That means there will be changes for how guests move through the building and passengers are asked to follow all applicable signage.
“Throughout construction the guest experience is a key priority,” notes Sam Samaddar, YLW airport director. “Our team is making every effort to minimize impacts and inconvenience to passengers caused by construction.”
The project is being funded through fees paid by YLW users and will have no taxation impact to Kelowna residents. Phase one is expected to be complete in 2026.
Last summer, it was announced that mass timber will be used for the expansion project.