Oakland International Airport passengers produce busiest May since 2008

Oakland, Calif. – June 24, 2016: Passenger growth at Oakland International Airport (OAK) surged last month posting the busiest month of May in eight years.  The Airport said today that May passenger traffic totaled 1,000,752, constituting an increase of 5.8%, or 54,591 over May 2015. This marks the 30th-consecutive month of year-over-year traffic growth at OAK.

Passenger traffic grew 10.3% in May 2015 versus 2014, and has grown 16.7% in two years.

Oakland International Airport Director Bryant L. Francis stated, “We are very pleased to witness this continued upward pattern as the busy summer travel season gets underway.  There is a growing awareness of OAK as a major air access channel, not just for the East Bay but for the entire Bay Area.  This is echoed by our air carrier partners through the addition of flights and new nonstop routes, and from our customers through making ever greater use of the steadily increasing number of available seats.”

The Airport attributed May’s passenger increase to the launch of a long-anticipated U.S. summer travel season.  The inauguration of the first Oakland-to-London service on Norwegian also drove traffic higher.

Passenger traffic growth is likely to increase again in June, the Airport said.  Southwest Airlines introduced new daily Oakland service this month to Long Beach, Reno-Tahoe and St. Louis, adding over 1,000 daily outbound seats.

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About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth largest airport in California and second largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 11 million travelers each year, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.

The airport currently offers air service to 55 destinations 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.

For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details on shopping, dining, transportation, and more, visit www.oaklandairport.com.

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