Airport Advisory Committee


Meeting #:
Airport Administration Boardroom
Kelowna International Airport
1-5533 Airport Way
Kelowna, BC
Members Present
  • Chair, Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna
  • Andre Blanleil, Kelowna City at Large
  • Mayor Akbal Mund, City of Vernon
  • Mayor James Baker, District of Lake Country
  • Chair Gail Given, Regional District of Central Okanagan
  • Corie Griffiths, Economic Development Commission
Members Absent
  • Councillor Luke Stack, City of Kelowna
  • Walter Gray, Kelowna City at Large
  • Meryle Corbett, Aviation Industry Representative
  • Curtis Darmohray, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Nancy Cooper, City of Salmon Arm
  • Councillor Peter Scheirbeck, District of Peachland
  • Jaron Chasca, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • Tony Stewart, Tourism Kelowna
  • Councillor Rick de Jong, City of West Kelowna
  • Councillor Mic Werstuik, Westbank First Nation
  • Norm Lecavalier, Greater Westside Board of Trade
  • Erick Thompson, Summerland Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, City of Penticton
Staff Present
  • Airport Director, Sam Samaddar, City of Kelowna
  • Airport Development Manager, Phillip Elchitz, City of Kelowna
  • Airport Finance & Corporate Services Manager, Shayne Dyrdal, City of Kelowna
  • Senior Airport Development Manager, Ed Stephens
  • Legislative Coordinator (Confidential)

The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.


Andre Blanleil, Kelowna City at Large joined the meeting at 12:35 PM.
Mayor James Baker, District of Lake Country joined the meeting at 12:35 PM.

Moved BY Councillor Akbal Mund/Seconded BY Andre Blanleil

  • ​THAT the Minutes of the October 5, 2018 Airport Advisory Committee meeting be adopted.


Deferred to later in the agenda until all Committee members are present.

Ed Stevens provided a powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the study.

Provided an overview of the public consultation plan

Committee member Corie Griffiths arrived at 9:17 am

Outlined the boundaries for the study area surrounding the airport

One of the fastest growing areas in the region, same consultant who is completing the regional transportation study.

Responded to questions from the Committee.

Airport Director – commented connencting air highway with a ground highway, second connection of the highway will be a key requirement

Mayor Basran – to have these built into the City’s capital plan.

Philip (staff) provided insights into pursuing bus rapid transit and connection with the airport from the UBCO transit interchange.

Meeting Broke at 9:31 for group photo.

Meeting reconvened at 9:43 am

Mayor Basran recognized Ed Stephens for his contributions to YLW and our community and congratulated him on his upcoming retirement.

Phillip provided a PowerPoint presentation

10th busiest airport in Canada – recently overtook Victoria

Growth in all sectors – intl, transborder and domestic

YTD up 3.42% second in growth behind Hamiliton

Starting to see the business travel accelerate


Reviewed five year growth by Air Canada, WestJet and Alaska.

Discussion on retaining the Alaska Air travel being a key priority as negative growth in transborder flights.

Focus with Air Canada work toward establishing a direct flight to Montreal.

Airport Manager discussed the modelling being used to market to the airlines.


Responded to questions from the Committee.


Decrease of capacity of approx. 8% in the quarter due to the 737 MAX being grounded.


New flights from Calgary that connect with Europe that connect well with Kelowna.


Airport Director spoke to the ultra low cost carriers and the impact on the local market.


Staff provided an overview of Swoop and Flair airline expansions.


Meeting adjourned at 10:33 a.m.

Meeting reconvened at 10:52 a.m.

Ed Sephens provided a powerpoint presentation giving an overview of 10year capitall plan.

Reaching operational capacity in the terminal for arrival and departures,prescreening.

Phase 1 begins to address these issues.

Airport Director spoke to YLW being a low cost airport and the direction associated with building new infrastructure and phasing to ensure debt s servicing is low as ongoing operating costs are critically high.

Responded to questions from the committee.

Airport Director provided an overview of the airside development of 12.5 hectares in Phase 1. Looking toward creating an aerospace campus as a full private sector investment. Looking towards a second fueling facility and a Fixed Base Operator(FBO) for smaller executive plane and flight crew servicing.

Responded to questions from the committee.

Spoke to the land to the west of Airport Way and the first tenant secured.

Financial Director provided an update of 2018 analysis

Provided a review of Statement of Financial Position

Statement of Operations and Accumulated Surplus – reviewed

Focusing on fee increases to non-aeronautical business so as not to increase the cost to the airlines.

No increase in taxation to the taxpayers to offset these improvements. AIF

Cash Flow reviewed – drew from reserves by approx. only $300,000

Debt Repayment schedule - reviewed

Responded to questions from the Committee.

No additional items.

The Chair declared the meeting terminated at 11:36 a.m.