Oakland surpasses 1 million passengers in May
Summer travel expected to be busiest on record
Oakland, CA: (June 30, 2018) – Officials at Oakland International Airport today released May traffic reports, which indicate that total passengers at the airport increased 4.1%, from 1,140,821 in May 2017, to 1,187,120 passengers in May this year. The increase is based upon 1.7% more flight operations and 4.8% more seats. International traffic volume of 91,197 increased 42% based on 31% more operations than last year.
As indicated by these strong traffic numbers, OAK is experiencing one of the busiest summer travel seasons on record. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to screen more than 28 million passengers over the course of this July 4th holiday period, which extends from June 28th through July 9th.
“Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis said, “We are pleased to see our passenger volume continue to grow, representing confidence from both our customers and airline partners. Our new short and long-haul operations have been received very well, and additional routes to be introduced in the coming weeks.”
With the summer travel season underway, travelers are also now in the midst of the July 4th holiday travel period, with more people choosing to fly the East Bay way during what is being called the busiest summer for travel on record.
Travel Smart, Arrive Early
In light of the expected boost in travelers combined with recent delays at security checkpoints at airports across the country, OAK encourages travelers to prepare to enjoy this holiday weekend by arriving early for departures. For the best experience traveling through OAK this busy travel season, we suggest following TSA guidelines to get you through the Airport and to your destination.
TSA recommends arriving up to 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours for international destinations this Holiday weekend.
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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, visit www.bart.gov/guide/airport/inbound_oak.
AC Transit Bus service, Taxis, Shuttles, and TNC car services such as Lyft, Uber, and Wingz are also available at the terminal curbside. For details about Ground Transportation at the OAK, visit http://oaklandairport.com/ground_transportation.shtml.
Details, requirements and registration for OAK’s parking programs are available at www.OaklandAirport.com/parking.
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 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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Media Contact: Keonnis R. Taylor | 510-563-6500 | KRTaylor@portoakland.com