Letter: Kamloops Airport needs kid-friendly amenities

Editor:

I have been a proud resident of Kamloops for the past six years and I am grateful I have the opportunity to travel by air as part of my work and for pleasure.

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I have, however, experienced delays from Kamloops Airport on several occasions. The delays are not surprising as they are just a part of air travel.

However, I am disappointed that an airport servicing a city of 90,000 people has no child amenities.

Our flight from Kamloops to San Diego via Calgary was delayed in mid-December due to mechanical issues.

My partner and our one-year-old son spent 10 hours in the airport due to the delay. We thought about leaving, but our flight time kept changing.

Anyone who has flown out of Kamloops Airport can imagine what it would be like to spend the better part of a day in the airport with a one-year-old child.

There is limited seating, food service that can take hours and no area for children. I was concerned for the safety of our child, thus he couldn’t leave my arms.

I emailed staff at the airport on Dec. 28 and again on Feb. 7. They eventually responded on Feb. 12 with this message:

“As I’m sure you can appreciate, hygiene and child safety are significant considerations when introducing common use play materials. In 2019, we retrofitted our restrooms to include step-up stools for children. Thank you for taking the time to comment.”

I recently flew out of Cranbrook and that airport had a small play area for children

I’m confused as to why this is so challenging for Kamloops Airport.

Andrea Burrows

Kamloops

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