Kelowna (YLW) to San Francisco (SFO) Daily Non-Stop Flights Start in September

From one hub to another hub

May. 27, 2014
YLW switches daily flights from LAX to SFO

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is excited to announce daily United Express service to San Francisco (SFO) will commence September 20, 2014.

“This is very exciting for our leisure and business travellers,” says Chair of the Airport Advisory Committee Mayor Walter Gray. “SFO has been on our wish list and in our business plan for a few years now. We are pleased this opportunity with United has presented itself”.

United is the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, offering nearly 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and around the world, more service than any other airline from the Bay Area. From its San Francisco hub United also offers more nonstop trans-Pacific service to and from the United States than any other carrier hub. United currently operates nearly 30 daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to 21 international destinations.

The new San Francisco flights replace the scheduled service from YLW to LAX, which will end September 19.  There will however be intermittent LAX to YLW non-stop service from December 20 to January 4 on Saturday and Sundays and then on Saturdays only January 31 to February 7 to accommodate the ski travellers.  United will contact customers currently booked to travel to LAX after September 20th or outside the dates mentioned above to offer alternate arrangements.

“This new service to SFO will provide our travellers better connection points to many more US cities.   The SFO terminal also provides travellers better connection points and closer walking distances from International to domestic gates,” explains Airport Director Sam Samaddar.  “In addition, there are shuttles from SFO to each of the LA area airports including LAX, Burbank, (BUR), LA Ontario International (ONT) and John Wayne Airports (SNA).”

The High Tech Industry, wineries and tourism in the Okanagan will be just some of our many economic sectors that see an immediate benefit to this new route:

“The addition of a direct Kelowna / San Francisco route will be an invaluable tool in growing Kelowna’s technology industry,” says Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and local entrepreneur.  “A direct air link will greatly assist in company access, investment opportunities and workforce development as the Okanagan Valley continues to link economically to Silicon Valley. Kelowna is already known as one of Canada’s most entrepreneurial cities, and this only reinforces that.”

“Not only can we now access the San Francisco tourist market, LA continues to be within our reach due to the frequent flights between the LA basin and San Francisco.” says Nancy Cameron, CEO of Tourism Kelowna.  “Growth in air connectivity means growth in tourism and this development is very positive news for Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.”

“Having been selected as the destination resort to host the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Inaugural Incentive Group Canada Event in 2013, we at Sparkling Hill Resort are excited that United Airlines will fly daily direct flights between SFO and YLW as the new route connects Silicon Valley with a desirable new exciting incentive destination that has it all – world class spa and golf in wine country,” states Hans-Peter Mayr, CEO of Sparkling Hill Resort. “Additionally, the new route connects health conscious San Francisco to a new leading European-inspired health resort in North America.”

“Obviously the new route is great for Quails’ Gate,” states Quails’ Gate Winery CEO Tony Stewart with a smile, “However, from the community standpoint this new route will be a huge benefit as it will attract visitors from San Francisco for wine tourism, Golf, skiing and to see this fantastic region”.

United’s non-stop flights are now available to book on-line at Over the next couple of months YLW will be planning a celebration to mark the inaugural SFO flight on September 20. For more information about YLW, its destinations and services, visit the airport’s website at



YLW – SFO Flight times:

Daily non-stop flights beginning Saturday September 20, 2014 –  Fly time: 2hrs 38mins

Depart SFO 12:40 pm     Arrive YLW at 3:18 pm.

Depart YLW 3:55 pm      Arrive SFO at 6:33 pm

Aircraft: Skywest CRJ200 – 50 seats. All economy one class

About SFO 

  • Connection Points from SFO:
    • Los Angeles area (BUR/LAX/ONT/SNA)
    • New York area (EWR/JFK)
    • Chicago (ORD)
    • Denver (DEN)
    • Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Phoenix (PHX)
    •  San Diego (SAN)
    • Houston (IAH)
    • Palm Springs (PSP)
  • As one of the world’s 30 busiest airports, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the eighth largest airport in the United States and offers non-stop links with more than 36 international points on 29 international carriers. Serving over 45 million passengers, SFO connects non-stop with more than 78 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines.

About United

  • United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the B787-9 as the North American launch customer, and will welcome 28 new E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
  • United Airlines Fact Sheet
  • United – SFO Fact Sheet

YLW Route Map – image



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