Kelowna International Airport (YLW) in British Columbia, Canada, has begun construction works for the future Air Terminal Building (ATB) Expansion Project.

Beginning 13 September 2022, YLW started initial works that include roadwork and lane closures in front of the terminal building.

The actual construction works for the ATB Expansion Project is scheduled to begin next year.

Subject to funding, the project will see the creation of a larger security screening area, thereby minimising the time it takes to clear security.

The project scope also includes the expansion of the Departures Lounge to improve connections to aircraft gates and increase food and beverage options for the passengers at the airport.

YLW plans to spend more than $270m over the next decade to support upgrades to the airport infrastructure.

With this investment, YLW aims to ensure the continued growth of air service and strengthen the regional economy. 

YLW airport director Sam Samaddar said: “Our existing terminal building is already over capacity as we return to regular passenger numbers following Covid-19.

“It is important we prepare to make these large infrastructure improvements now so we can continue to serve our community into the future. We thank YLW passengers and guests for their patience as we complete this necessary work.” 

During the construction period, YLW will not allow waiting along the front curb and will remove all curbside metered parking in front of the terminal building.

In January, the Government of Canada agreed to fund key infrastructure works at YLW.