YLW Connection - Winter 2009 - (Page 14)

Staying ahead of the curve at YLW… | B Y R O N M A N Z I f there is one constant at Kelowna International Airport in recent years, it is change. Unprecedented passenger growth has demanded infrastructure improvements be undertaken to accommodate that increase. The sight of ongoing construction in and around the terminal has become the norm, rather than the exception. The latest phase nearing completion is an estimated $2.6 million dollar upgrade to the terminal frontage road, airport access road and visitor and staff parking. It was necessitated by increased passenger traffic and to accommodate future terminal expansion that will see the international arrivals area and Canada Customs moved to the south end of the building. The short term parking lot directly outside the front entrance has nearly doubled in size to 600 stalls. The curb frontage now features 30 metered spots with solar powered ‘pay and display’ units identical to ones used in downtown Kelowna. They still accept coins but also take credit cards. The long term lot to the south of the terminal has grown to 2,032 stalls and is now totally paved and lit. Overall there now are 2,865 paved parking stalls at Kelowna International. The frontage road for quick passenger drop-off or pick-up has been extended south and has changed to allow up to six highway or municipal buses to park in a specially designated holding area. “The bus improvements will allow City Transit to include the airport on its regular routes and we hope that will encourage more staff and passengers to ride the bus, leave their vehicles at home and provide a more environmentally friendly approach,” notes Henry Castorf, Airport Duty Manager, Development. “The new bus area should improve shuttle service and being located in front of the new international terminal will allow buses to service future overseas flights more adequately.” Other green initiatives include bicycle racks in front of the terminal for public or staff use, and installation of E-bike racks in the employee parking lot. “We found a lot more people were riding motorcycles or scooters to work this past year as gas prices soared, so we wanted to give them a safe, secure place to leave their bikes,” added Castorf. “E-bike parking includes bollards people can chain their scooters or motorbikes to. Encouraging 14 YLW CONNECTION

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of YLW Connection - Winter 2009

YLW Connection - Winter 2009
Airport Services
Customer Survey Shows YLW on Track
Las Vegas - The To-Do List That Never Ends
Winter Maintenance: Snow Removal 24/7
Kelowna's Largest Tim Hortons Lands at YLW
Air Canada - Connecting Kelowna to the World
Air Travel Etiquette
Staying Ahead of the Curve at YLW
Airport Ambassadors Make Dreams Come True
Dream Big
Advisory Committee Helps Chart Flight Plan for Kelowna International
Growing a Creative Okanagan Economy
Pregnancy & Travel
Flying Securely
YLW News
Trivia & Games

YLW Connection - Winter 2009