OAK saw highly reliable performance with over 99 percent of flights completed during Independence Day weekend

Oakland, Calif. – July 8, 2022: Despite forecasts to the contrary, over 99 percent of flights scheduled at OAK were completed during the Independence Day travel period with departing passenger traffic reaching 95.5 percent of pre-pandemic 2019 passenger levels with the airport operating reliably with few delays. Passengers were processed without lengthy wait times and thousands were served at the airport shops and restaurants.

Additionally, reporting May 2022 traffic, Oakland International Airport (OAK) once again surpassed 80% of pre-pandemic traffic for the month.

“The reliability of the airlines operating at OAK this summer continues to be strong and impressive. Travelers should have great confidence in flying to or from the San Francisco Bay Area through OAK this summer season.” says Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “With now two consecutive months showing better than 80 percent of pre-pandemic traffic, plus the very busy Independence Day weekend we just experienced, things are looking up for passenger travel at OAK and we look forward to seeing more travelers returning to our terminals soon.”

May 2022 Passenger and Cargo Statistics

  • Oakland International Airport saw 975,723 total passengers in May 2022. This represents 81.0 percent of the pre-pandemic passenger levels seen in May 2019, and a month-to-month increase of 6.2 percent compared to April 2022.
  • The airport saw May passenger traffic jump by 33.1 percent compared to May 2021 when just 733,293 passengers were carried.
  • A total of 485,355 passengers departed OAK’s runways in May, with 64,293 of those connecting.
  • There were 14,250 international passengers that arrived at OAK in May.
  • On a twelve-month rolling basis, traffic is up by 59.7 percent with 8,384,750 passengers this year compared to 5,249,729 during the same period a year ago.
  • 99.3 million pounds (approximately 45 million kilograms) of air cargo were transported in May at OAK, down by 10.4 percent in a year-over-year comparison.

Independence Day Weekend Wrap-Up

Throughout the holiday travel period (beginning June 30th and ending July 5th), Oakland International Airport was busy with travelers taking advantage of the long holiday weekend. Despite busier than usual schedules and airline schedule challenges at airports across the country, the completion rate at OAK exceeded 99 percent. As predicted, Friday, July 1st was the busiest day of the weekend with nearly 20,000 departing travelers passing through the TSA checkpoint. Total departing passengers reached 95.5 percent of pre-pandemic figures for the same period in 2019.

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 of 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 COVID-19 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.

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