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Oakland International Airport is prepared for a busy winter holiday season

Passenger traffic is projected at 90% of 2019 pre-pandemic levels

Press Releases, Airport
December 21st, 2021

Oakland, Calif. – December 21, 2021: Airport officials anticipate nearly 370,000 passengers will use the airport between December 23rd and January 2nd. Based upon current trends and the number of scheduled seats, OAK expects to reach 90% of 2019 passenger levels for the same period. It expects nearly three times as many passengers as seen during the same period in 2020. The busiest days during the eleven-day holiday travel period are expected to be Thursday, December 23rd, Sunday, December 26th and Sunday, January 2.

On-airport parking is available for passengers in OAK’s Premier, Hourly, Daily and Economy lots. Those picking up arriving passengers are encouraged to use the Hourly Parking lot located in front of the terminal allowing them to easily go inside to greet arriving passengers in the lobby and thereby avoid congestion at the curb and in the   waiting lot.

OAK recommends that travelers check the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions and travel health requirements that may affect their trip, especially those who are traveling internationally for the holidays. Resources for international travel requirements and restrictions can be found here. COVID-19 testing is available at OAK through a partnership with City Health Urgent Care. Testing appointments should be made here.

“Oakland International Airport welcomes and thanks all choosing to Fly the East Bay Way during this festive season,” says Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to a wonderful new year.”

About Oakland International Airport

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact.

Updates about travel during the COVID19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at  www.oaklandairport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Contact:

Kaley Skantz – Airport Spokesperson                        kskantz@portoakland.com