British Airways begins service to Oakland on March 28th

Oakland, CA: (March 16, 2017) – On March 28th, Oakland International Airport will offer 62 nonstop destinations with the addition of new London service on British Airways, the most in its 90-year history. The new service will make British Airways the only European airline to operate from all three Bay Area airports. For Oakland International, the new route represents the expansion of its international air service selections, and a surge in new routes in recent years.

The new London Gatwick-Oakland route will operate four days a week, accommodating 275 customers across a three-cabin Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Travelers in Club World business class and/or with qualifying British Airways and “Oneworld” elite status are invited to use the new Escape Lounge prior to departure. The lounge opened in November; also operated by a British company, Manchester Airport Group (MAG USA).

Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis stated, “It is with much excitement that Oakland International Airport welcomes British Airways. As OAK continues to grow in passengers and destinations, this new transatlantic service to the top European destination reflects the increasing opportunities and convenience now available for travelers to and from the entire Bay Area region. Oakland International is the Bay Area airport closest to the majority of the region’s residents and businesses.”

Forward to the Future of World Class Service
British Airways’ customers at OAK can choose from three unique all-inclusive experiences on-board:

Club World
Award-winning business class product, with 6-ft. fully flat beds and ample storage space, on-demand in-flight entertainment, and excellent dining and wine selections, including a ‘help yourself’ kitchen. Club World participants traveling from Oakland can enroll to receive up to five days of free parking in OAK’s Premier Lot, an added value of $190.

World Traveler Plus
Offers personalized, premium economy service in a separate cabin, with seating that features a 38-inch pitch, in-seat power, and choice of meals from the business class menu cabin.

 World Traveler
The airline’s economy cabin offers seat back entertainment, a choice of meal with complimentary bar service throughout the flight, and free accessories such as blanket and headsets.

All British Airways customers receive free baggage allowance and seat selection. British Airways also provides a “Feed Kids First” service which ensures that children are served first, allowing parents to enjoy their own meal, and with a deposit of $10 per person, customers have 72 hours to confirm details with their friends and family, making it even easier to book with confidence.



On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays the flight will depart London Gatwick’s South Terminal at10:20am and arrive into Oakland at 1:15pm. The flight will depart at 2:45pm and arrive into London Gatwick at 9:25am the next morning.

On Tuesdays, the flight departs at 11:25am from London Gatwick and arrive into Oakland at 2:20, returning at 3:50pm with an arrival into London Gatwick at 10:30am the next morning.

Gatwick is only 30 minutes by train to the popular seaside destination Brighton, which is home to the new British Airways i360 attraction. The British Airways i360 is the world’s first vertical cable car and allows visitors to cruise up slowly to 450 feet and enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of up to 26 miles.

British Airways’ ‘Customize Your Trip’ service, available online at, allows customers to create a multi-destination holiday of their choice with flexibility to combine flights in and out of different airports, book multiple hotels and select car rental for any part of their holiday.


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 tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.

Oakland’s air service roster includes over 60 destinations 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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