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Is Kelowna Airport only the 20th best in Canada? | News

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In a recently released ranking, Kelowna Airport ranks 20th in Canada, just ahead of the terminal in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The largest airport in the country is said to be the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon. But Saskatchewan's other major airport in Regina is considered the second worst in Canada.

Factors such as dining options, the number and quality of hotels within a three-kilometer radius, the number of travel destinations available, and Google ratings are said to have played a role in the rating for casinohunter.com, a website that drives traffic to gambling sites.

Out of a possible 100 points, Saskatoon Airport scored 72.1. Quebec City came in second with 69.2 and St. Johns, Nfld scored 60.9.

Kelowna Airport only received a score of 29.1, barely above the 22 given to the lowest-rated airport in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The reasons for Kelowna's low ranking are not immediately apparent in the detailed breakdown provided as part of the release. The number of airlines serving YLW, at eight, is higher than several other airports ranked above it, as are the number of destinations (23) and dining options (seven).

The number of hotels near YLW is reported to be five. Only cities with much larger populations have more hotels nearby, and soon a large new hotel will be built right next to the YLT terminal.

In addition, Kelowna Airport is undergoing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of expansion projects, including a new departure lounge, a larger pre-boarding security screening area, new food and beverage outlets and the relocation of car rental locations.

Kelowna Airport is used by around two million people each year, making it the ninth largest terminal in Canada.