Kelowna flyers face hike in tax for air­port

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

The pas­sen­ger ticket tax at Kelowna’s air­port is planned to go up next year, and up again in 2020.

Airline pas­sen­gers should pay $20 rather than $15 when they fly out of Kelowna’s air­port, city coun­cil will hear Mon­day.

The first in­crease in the so-called air­port im­prove­ment fee, a tax tacked onto ev­ery ticket sold on flights that de­part YLW, would take ef­fect April 1.

An­other in­crease to the fee, cur­rently un­spec­i­fied, is pro­posed for 2020.

Pas­sen­ger traf­fic at the air­port has in­creased 38 per cent in the past five years, city staff say, and more money is needed to im­prove the ter­mi­nal.

Up­grades cost­ing $183 mil­lion are planned be­tween 2019 and 2029.

Short-term ob­jec­tives in­clude an ex­pan­sion to the de­par­ture lounge, im­prove­ments to pre­board screen­ing, more food and bev­er­age out­lets, and a new build­ing exit so pas­sen­gers with­out lug­gage can get out of there faster.

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