Kelowna flyers face hike in tax for airport
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.