Oakland International Airport braces for busy Memorial Day weekend

Oakland, CA: (May 25, 2018) — This Memorial Day holiday weekend kicks off what is expected to be a record summer travel season across the nation. At Oakland International Airport (OAK), traffic is also expected to surge due to new domestic and international destinations and increased frequencies to select existing destinations.

The Memorial Day holiday constitutes the unofficial launch of summer travel. OAK expects to welcome approximately 165,000 travelers over the four-day weekend beginning today, Friday, May 25th, through Monday, May 28th. For the month of May, the airport expects to continue its upward passenger volume trend, and will offer 3% more seats than in May 2017.

New flights across the country and around the globe are driving stronger holiday traffic at OAK, including new nonstop service to Paris and Rome on Norwegian Air, and new long-haul domestic routes announced or introduced earlier this year:

Crescent City, CA: Contour Air San Antonio: Southwest (begins 7/8/18)
Dallas-Fort Worth: American Minneapolis/St. Paul: Southwest (begins 7/15/18)
Indianapolis: Southwest (begins 7/15/18) New York-Newark: Southwest
Memphis: Allegiant (begins 5/30/18) Orlando: Southwest (begins 7/15/18)


Travel Smart, Arrive Early In light of the expected boost in travelers, and in preparation for smooth travel experiences, OAK encourages holiday weekend travelers to arrive early for departures. We suggest following TSA guidelines, which recommend arriving up to 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours early for international destinations this holiday weekend.

Get Expedited Screening TSA PreCheck® is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience. For TSA PreCheck® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts.

OAK is currently hosting a TSA PreCheck Enrollment event in the Terminal 2 ticketing lobby. Sign up for an appointment ahead by visiting www.tsa.gov/precheck; walk-ins are also accepted.  For questions, reach the TSA Contact Center at 866-289-9673.

Airport Ground Transportation Travelers visiting the Bay Area may take advantage of the popular Oakland International Airport BART Station, which offers access to the entire BART system from the airport’s front door. For comprehensive information on how to use the BART line to or from the airport and watch a how-to video, please Click HERE.

AC Transit Bus service, Taxis, Shuttles, and TNC services such as Lyft, Uber, and Wingz are also available at the terminal curbside. For details about Ground Transportation at OAK, please click HERE.

On-Airport Parking Options For those departing OAK, ample parking is always available on-airport with a range of options for every budget.


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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 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.

For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details on shopping, dining, transportation, and more, visit www.oaklandairport.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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