Oakland International Airport expecting high volume over Labor Day weekend
Passengers urged to plan ahead for BART service impacts
Oakland, Calif. - August 31, 2017: Oakland International Airport (OAK) is preparing for over 184,000 passengers during the five-day Labor Day holiday weekend beginning today, August 31, through Monday, September 4. The Airport is anticipating 45,000 passengers on Friday, September 1, making it the holiday weekend’s busiest travel day. Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the peak summer travel period.
“The Airport is experiencing incredibly high passenger volumes,” said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland. “Travelers are enjoying a record number of non-stop destinations from OAK and we are proud to offer our customers convenient and reliable air travel.”
Airport officials recommend that travelers check with their airlines for flight status updates, and allow 90 minutes for domestic departures and 3 hours for international departures to allow for increased passenger volume at airline check-in and security screening locations.
For travelers planning to arrive at OAK by BART, the Airport notes that over September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, BART will offer customers on the Oakland Airport line (as well as the Warm Springs and Dublin/Pleasanton lines) a fleet of buses with ‘Show Up & Go” service while BART crews make the tracks near Fruitvale and Lake Merritt stations safer and more reliable.
BART officials recommend that those headed to catch a flight at Oakland International budget an additional 20-40 minutes, and note that the Lake Merritt Station will be closed during the 3-day weekend. To provide enhanced train service in and out of the downtowns of Oakland and San Francisco, BART will run its Richmond line over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Passengers are strongly encouraged to visit bart.gov for the latest on BART’s rebuilding work.
All passengers must have a boarding pass or airline approved documentation, and travelers 18 and older must show government issued identification before going through the passenger security checkpoint. Visit www.oaklandairport.com for more information.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 12 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.
Oakland’s air service roster to over 50 destinations is scheduled on 13 different airline brands – seven of which operate with OAK as their sole gateway into the San Francisco Bay region.
The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by The Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.
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