Southwest Airlines’ Baltimore-Washington (BWI) Nonstop Returns at OAK

Oakland, Calif. – February 10, 2023: Southwest Airlines will once again fly nonstop between OAK and Baltimore, Maryland (BWI) beginning September 5th. Flights will operate daily on Southwest’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that seats 175 passengers. The last time that OAK had daily nonstop service to Baltimore was December of 2020.  

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. It is located 9 miles south of Baltimore and 32 miles northeast of Washington, DC. The Baltimore-Washington metro area is frequently among the top 10 busiest travel routes for the Bay Area where in 2019 nearly 4,600 passengers traveled every day between the two regions. 

Additionally, Southwest has announced that they will increase the frequency of flights between OAK and Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) to five times weekly, operating daily except Tuesday and Wednesday, in September. Nashville is a popular and often requested destination by OAK passengers. Baltimore, Nashville, and Oakland all offer excellent connectivity to other destinations across Southwest’s extensive network as well. 

“Oakland International Airport is proud to announce the addition of these key transcontinental flights. Both destinations are in high demand here in the Bay Area across both leisure and business markets. We encourage the traveling public to Fly the East Bay Way when visiting these exciting destinations” says Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. 

Baltimore (BWI) 

Eastbound – Daily: Depart OAK 11:10 AM – Arrive BWI 7:20 PM 

Westbound – Daily: Depart BWI 10:05 AM – Arrive OAK 12:50 PM 

Nashville (BNA) 

Eastbound – Daily except Tue./Wed.: Depart OAK 10:20 AM – Arrive BNA 4:40 PM 

Westbound – Daily except Tue./Wed.: Depart BNA 1:25 PM – Arrive OAK 4:00 PM 

These new flights will be powered via Southwest Airlines’ sustainable aviation fuel program that was introduced at the airport last year. This introduction made OAK the third airport in the country to have SAF incorporated into daily U.S. airline operations. This initiative is a part of Southwest’s goal to replace 10% of total jet fuel consumption with SAF by 2030, with a long-term goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The new fuel being used at Southwest Airlines’ OAK operation is made from renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials including used cooking oil and animal waste fat. 

Southwest Airlines has its largest California operation at OAK and is OAK’s busiest passenger carrier. The new schedule provides Bay Area travelers with over 246 peak day flights between 34 destinations across the USA, including Hawaii, and to Mexico.  

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Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all the region’s business, entertainment, and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact.  

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