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OAK to Receive $9.7 Million in Federal Stimulus Funds

Press Releases, Airport
June 19th, 2009

Press Releases

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2009

Oakland International Airport to Receive $9.7 Million in Federal Stimulus Funds for Ramp Improvements

Oakland, Calif.-June 19, 2009 - Through a combination of funding sources including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the “stimulus bill”) and Airport Improvement Project grants, Oakland International Airport (OAK) is set to receive $9.7 million in grants toward airport ramp improvements which will bring much-needed local jobs to the region. The Port of Oakland owns and operates OAK.

OAK’s East Apron Phase 3 Project is an important paving improvement and rehabilitation project critical to the airport’s airfield operations. This additional funding will help accelerate the airfield project which is slated to cost approximately $30 million. The rest of the funding will come from federal grants and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). The PFC program allows the collection of up to $4.50 for every enplaned passenger at commercial airports controlled by public agencies. Airports use these funds to support Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved projects.

Victor Uno, the president of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners said, “This federal funding is very important for Oakland International Airport as we provide continued operational maintenance, efficiency and safety for our 11.5 million annual passengers.” Uno added, “We are truly appreciative of the tremendous support of our local, state and federal legislators for their successful efforts in advocating for these critical funds. This funding is essential for our ability to deliver economic value to our region.”

The East Apron Phase 3 Project will also enable airlines to reduce aircraft emissions by providing electrical ground power for airlines that are parked temporarily. The added environmental benefit comes from no longer needing to use fossil fuels to generate power during aircraft maintenance.

This East Apron project is to be completed by fall 2010. According to FlightStats, Oakland International Airport is the No.1 U.S. airport with the best on-time arrival record for the first four months of 2009 among the top 40 U.S. airports.

Additionally, the Port of Oakland also received $6.8 million in federal funds through the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Port’s -50 Foot Harbor Deepening Project this summer. The completion of this project will allow for larger container vessels to visit the Port and thereby generate greater economic opportunity for the region.

About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest containerport in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport offers 150 daily nonstop flights to 34 destinations; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Please visit: www.portofoakland.com

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Port of Oakland
Marilyn Sandifur, Port Spokesperson
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Robert Bernado, Manager
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(510) 627-1401
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