Kelowna airport gets $15M for upgrades, faster passenger flow during COVID testing

KELOWNA, B.C. — The airport in Kelowna, B.C., has received $15 million in federal funding for upgrades to infrastructure, including for the flow of passengers and crew being tested for COVID-19. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says some of the improve…

KELOWNA, B.C. — The airport in Kelowna, B.C., has received $15 million in federal funding for upgrades to infrastructure, including for the flow of passengers and crew being tested for COVID-19.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says some of the improvements include replacing airfield lighting, sections of the terminal building’s roof and the construction of runway areas.

He says better COVID-19 testing infrastructure could include kiosks, touchless screens and barriers, especially for passengers who are getting tested for the virus.

Alghabra says the investment is aimed at reinvigorating the aviation industry, while making customers feel safe.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says the Okanagan airport has seen a spike in passenger traffic compared with many other airports during the pandemic.

He says the funding could be helpful in speeding up economic recovery of various sectors in the region known to draw tourists.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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