Fresh, Okanagan fruit for travellers at YLW

Jul 7, 2016


Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Skyway Group have teamed with De Simone Farms Ltd., a local produce distributor, to provide travellers with fresh, quality fruit they can take on the airplane to anywhere in Canada.

The new program, Farm to Flight, offers various in-season fruits, available for passenger purchase in YLW’s Departures Lounge gift shop, past airport security screening.

“Our Farm to Flight program offers a unique opportunity to promote locally-grown, quality fruit across Canada,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Not only will Farm to Flight bring new opportunity and national reach for local farmers, but it will also bring awareness of Kelowna to communities across Canada.”

Specially packaged in containers that fit under airplane seats, Farm to Flight is a convenient way for domestic travellers to bring home a unique, Okanagan gift to share with friends and family.

The Farm to Flight program officially launched July 6, 2016.

“We’re very pleased to launch the Farm to Flight program at YLW as it’ll benefit the whole community,” said Samaddar. “Partnerships like this make good sense for YLW as we work to promote agriculture in the Okanagan.”

YLW is committed to ensuring that the role agriculture and agri-tourism plays in the Okanagan Valley is robustly represented and promoted at the airport.

Farm to Flight is now available in the YLW Departures Lounge. For more information on the program, visit

As one of the top 11 busiest airports in Canada, YLW’s total economic impact is 4,545 jobs and $789 million in total economic output to the province of British Columbia. Serving 1.6 million passengers in 2015, YLW offers more than 60 daily non-stop commercial flights with six airline partners. For more information, visit

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