Oakland Counts 12.8 Percent More Travelers in April
Monthly passenger totals continue rise thanks to new airlines and new flights
Oakland, CA: (May 31, 2017) – Officials at Oakland International Airport today released April traffic reports, which indicate that total passengers at the airport increased 12.8%, from 941,248 in April 2016, reaching 1,061,616 passengers in April 2017. The increase is based upon 6.4% more operations and 8.5% more seats.
Traffic is expected to continue to grow as new airline activity takes off. Among the new routes and flights contributing to the April growth, a brand new, nonstop flight to London’s Gatwick Airport commenced March 28th on British Airways from OAK. On the same day, Norwegian added Copenhagen, completing the “triple crown” of Scandinavian cities now reachable with nonstop service from OAK, along with Oslo and Stockholm.
Spirit Airlines added Detroit and expanded service to Baltimore on May 25th. In June, as the peak summer travel season enters full swing, OAK will also see new service from Southwest, with new nonstop service to Newark beginning June 4th. International passenger counts at OAK will continue growing with the June 2nd introduction of Level, IAG’s new Airline, which will launch Northern California’s first-ever nonstop service to Barcelona. Norwegian will also begin to fly from Oakland to Barcelona on June 7. The airport is preparing for one of the busiest summer travel seasons in recent history.
“We are very pleased to see the sustained growth pattern in Oakland continue,” notes Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis. “New international and domestic markets reflect confidence in OAK from both our customers and airline partners, alike. Travelers and industry partners have many choices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and they are choosing to fly the East Bay way.”
OAK is closest airport to the majority of the Bay Area’s businesses and residences, and is the fourth largest airport in California. It is also the largest cargo airport in the San Francisco Bay Area with large-scale operations by FedEx and UPS.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 12 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 destinations is scheduled 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.
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Keonnis R. Taylor