UPDATE: 5 p.m.
As of 9 p.m. tonight (Aug. 20), flight operations will resume at Kelowna International Airport.
The airspace surrounding Kelowna International Airport has remained closed to allow aerial fire-fighting activity for the wildfires in the area.
Flight schedules could be impacted by weather conditions at the airport, such as smoke. Those who are expecting to travel are asked to check with their airline for updated information about flight status before coming to the airport.
Passengers with vehicles parked in short- or long-term parking lots will not be charged for any additional parking fees required due to flight cancellations. Fees will be waived for additional parking for those with a planned arrival date back to YLW.
Transport Canada and Airlines determine the ability of flights to operate at YLW.
All inbound and outbound flights at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) have been cancelled for Sunday, Aug. 20, until 9 p.m. The status of flights after 9 p.m. and on Monday, Aug 21, is unknown, at this time.
Status of flights scheduled to operate:
- after 9 p.m. on Aug. 20, will be determined on a case-by-case basis;
- on Monday, Aug. 21, will be dependent on the current status of area wildfires and weather conditions at YLW.
The ability of flights to operate at YLW is determined by Transport Canada and the airlines.
YLW is having ongoing conversations with Transport Canada, Nav Canada and BC Wildfire Services to allow for some operations to resume.
These decisions are dependent on wildfire progression and are made with the safety of the community as the key priority.
If the airspace is opened to allow flights to operate, flight status could be impacted by weather conditions at the airport, such as smoke.
Passengers are asked to check with their airline for updated information about flight status before coming to the airport.
As well, passengers with vehicles parked in short- or long-term parking lots at YLW will not be charged for any additional parking required due to flight cancellations.
Further updates will provided on the YLW website.