Oakland International sees 41 percent more international passengers in January 2018

Oakland, CA: (February 28, 2018) – Officials at Oakland International (OAK) report today that new operations helped to drive a 41% year-over-year increase in January international passenger volume at the Airport. New international service from Southwest, Norwegian Air, British Airways, and LEVEL helped to account for the 16,340 additional international travelers at OAK compared with January 2017.   Total passenger traffic at the Airport reached 949,489 in January 2018, up 4.5% from 908,898 total passengers during the same period in the prior year.

Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland said, “We have sustained considerable growth in Oakland over the last several years in terms of the number of passengers served and destinations offered. It is ever more apparent that our customers and airline partners alike are increasingly looking to OAK for both domestic and international air service opportunities.”

International activity at OAK further increases as Norwegian Air began service to Rome on February 6, 2018, and will commence service to Paris, France, on April 10.

“We continually hear about the convenience and reliability of OAK from passengers, and with Southwest, Norwegian, and British Airways placing enhanced international focus in Oakland, we expect our numbers to continue to grow,” said Francis.

Regional airlines are also demonstrating interest in Oakland. Also on April 10, 2018, Contour Air will become the newest air carrier at OAK, offering daily service to Del Norte County Regional Airport (CEC). CEC, located in Crescent City, CA, has been without a commercial air carrier since August 2017. CEC Airport Director Matthew Leitner identified the Bay Area as a destination with “great demand,” addressing the connectivity provided by OAK in a statement, noting, “Oakland is a Southwest Airlines focus city, which means that Southwest offers numerous flights from Oakland as an alternative to SFO.”


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 50 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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