Oakland International Airport traffic up 5.6% in February
International passenger traffic soaring in 2017 with newly added flights
Oakland, CA – (March 31, 2017): Oakland International Airport (OAK) reports 849,866 airline passengers for the month of February, a 5.6% increase over February 2016, which included an additional day. On an average daily passenger traffic basis, February 2017 was up 9.3% over the average daily count in the previous year. OAK has now experienced 39 consecutive months of year-over-year passenger growth.
Airline capacity of 1,134,650 total seats increased 4.8 percent from last year and the load factor (% of seats occupied by revenue passengers) increased 0.6% to 74.9%.
International operations increased by 73% over last February, with the addition of nearly 50 new monthly international departures by Southwest and Norwegian. And, the growth continues with British Airways and Norwegian launching new service to London-Gatwick and Copenhagen, respectively, earlier this week. British Airways is one of several carriers of corporate parent International Airlines Group (IAG). Further, Norwegian and LEVEL, a new carrier launched by IAG, will both begin Oakland-Barcelona service in early June.
Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis said, "This positive trend is indicative of things to come, as 2017 will be a year rich with new and expanded air service. We are working diligently to enhance the offerings at OAK, adding to what is becoming an easier than ever choice for travelers both to and from the Bay Area. New domestic and international service is propelling the Airport’s status as a major air gateway."
Members of the news media needing information or assistance in reporting news about Oakland International Airport may call the airport's 24-hour Media Hotline at (510) 563-6500.
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 tourism and entertainment 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.
For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival, 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.
OAK Media Contact: