Kelowna airport issues annual holiday travel warning

As usual, the next few days are expected to be some of the busiest of the year at the YLW.

With nearly 7,000 passengers expected each day, this holiday travel season promises to be an active one at the Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

Airport officials say travelling during the holidays can be stressful, so they are advising traveller to be sure to plan in advance and prepare for longer than normal wait times at the airport.

YLW anticipates increased, but steady traffic flow from Dec. 18 through Jan. 4, with more than 100,000 passengers expected through the doors. The busiest travel days of the season will be Sunday, Dec. 20, Thursday Dec. 24 and Sunday Dec. 27.

The airport says while there are more than 2,600 stalls available, parking at YLW is expected to reach full capacity during this peak period. Those needing to park at YLW should follow signage and parking lot staff directions.

People travelling during the Christmas and New Year’s period should also consider alternative transportation to the airport, such as taxis, limousine service, an airport shuttle, public transit or having a friend drop them off.

The airport terminal building opens at 3:30 a.m. with check-in counters, pre-board screening and food services available at 4 a.m. Passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport in plenty of time.

YLW recommended to check-in and drop off your baggage for domestic flights allow at least 90 minutes before your boarding time and at least two hours prior for international flights.

For more holiday travel tips, including information on what can and cannot be packed in luggage, visit the Holiday Travel page at


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