Summertime travel draws 1.1M passengers to Oakland International Airport in July

Oakland, CA (August 25, 2016) – Oakland International Airport (OAK) said today that it served 1.13 million passengers in July, a 6.1% increase over the prior year. It was the 32nd consecutive month of year-over-year traffic gain at the Airport.

Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis, said, “We are thrilled to add yet another month to our tally of increased year-over-year passenger growth. This type of increase is particularly meaningful in July, which is already traditionally busy due to summer travel.” 

The July percentage increase constitutes an additional 64,793 travelers at OAK compared to 1,067,398 passengers in July 2015.

Airport officials noted Southwest’s contribution to the July increase, as the airline upped its own passenger count at OAK by 7.3% during the month. Southwest now accounts for 69.4% of OAK’s total passenger traffic volume. The airline is expected to draw even more travelers to Oakland in the coming months, with its first international flights to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, scheduled to start in February 2017.

Allegiant also announced new service with nonstop flights to El Paso, which will begin in October.

 “We are pleased with the way things are shaping up with seat capacity growth for the remainder of the year, and are confident that our customers will continue to respond to the service and options offered by the Airport and our partners,” continues Francis.

The Airport saw 11.2 million annual passengers in 2015, and is on pace to surpass 12 million this year. Oakland International Airport is the fastest-growing large California airport on a percentage basis.


Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 11 million travelers each year, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.

Beginning October 6th, OAK customers can fly nonstop to El Paso, Texas, bringing Oakland’s air service roster to over 50 destinations on 12 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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