OAK airport handily surpasses 2017 passenger activity; begins food and beverage concessions makeover

Oakland, CA – (January 31, 2019): Today, officials at Oakland International Airport (OAK) released December and Calendar Year passenger traffic figures reflecting stability in its passenger traffic numbers, and the highest number of passengers since its record year of 2007.  The Airport saw 1,090,069 travelers in December 2018, a slight year-over-year increase.

In 2018, 13,594,251 passengers chose to fly to or from Oakland, up 4% in comparison with 13,072,245 passengers in 2017.  2018 registers as the busiest year for OAK’s passenger traffic since 2007, when the airport saw a record 14.6 million passengers. 

During the last year, new routes brought OAK’s roster to a high of 67 nonstop destinations, a record high in the Airport’s 91-year history. This upward trend has now delivered five years of consecutive monthly gains, with 13.6 million passengers having traveled through Oakland International’s terminal facilities in 2018 – an increase of 40% since 2013.

Looking ahead in 2019, the Airport will undergo the most extensive changes in its food and beverage concessions program in over a decade by incorporating a greatly increased presence of local concepts.

Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland said, “We remain optimistic about the future as the Airport continues to expand its air service reach and makes great strides in enhancing the overall customer experience here. Moreover, I am excited to see the transformation that the Airport will undergo over the next year thanks to the successful proposers of last year’s Food & Beverage Concessions opportunity. Our customers will be surprised and delighted by what lies ahead.”

The following table displays the new non-stop air service at OAK launched in 2018:


February        Rome, Italy                           Norwegian Air Shuttle

 April              Crescent City, California     Contour Airlines

   Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas    American Airlines

   Newark, New Jersey            Southwest Airlines

   Orlando, Florida                   Southwest Airlines

   Paris, France                        Norwegian Air Shuttle

May                Memphis, Tennessee           Allegiant Air

July                Indianapolis, Indiana           Southwest Airlines

   Lihue, Hawaii                        Hawaiian Airlines

  Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN    Southwest Airlines

 San Antonio, Texas              Southwest Airlines

October         Las Vegas, Nevada              JetSuiteX

  Santa Barbara, California    Contour Airlines

December     Orange County, California   JetSuiteX


2019 is expected to build on the growth trend at Oakland International during recent years, including new additions such as the much-anticipated commencement of Southwest Airlines’ new service to the Hawaiian Islands, announced in 2018.  On May 26, Swoop will become OAK’s newest air carrier, and the only airline at OAK to serve Canada.


About Oakland International Airport

Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 13 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 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 14 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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