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May 12, 2016

Norwegian Airlines announces first ever flights to London from Oakland International Airport, followed by flights to Barcelona and Copenhagen beginning in 2017 Starting today, Oakland International Airport (OAK) offers nonstop flights to Gatwick “Your London Airport” on Norwegian. The new three-times-weekly service marks the first nonstop route from OAK to the United Kingdom and the… Read More

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February 12, 2016

Port invests $1.5 million in night, weekend gates to ease congestion after Port consolidates from five to four marine terminals Port of Oakland Commissioners have authorized spending up to $1.5 million to open night and weekend marine terminal gates here. The funds would be used to increase access hours for harbor truck drivers at the… Read More

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February 1, 2016

CIM Group takes over management at Jack London Square. The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners has approved the assignment of several long term leases at Jack London Square to CIM Group. CIM is a full service real estate and infrastructure investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles with regional offices located at One Kaiser Plaza in… Read More

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January 1, 2016

Port of Oakland welcomes CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, first megaship in the U.S. The Port of Oakland successfully berthed the largest cargo ship to ever visit the U.S. The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, at 1,310-feet nearly a quarter-mile long, tied up at the Port’s Outer Harbor. By docking without incident, it symbolically opened the Trans-Pacific… Read More

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December 31, 2015

The largest cargo ship to ever visit the United States, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, successfully berths in the Outer Harbor. This vessel is longer than the Empire State Building, wider than a football field, and can carry more than 18,000 containers.

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February, 2014

Port and City officials formally dedicate Bessie Coleman Drive at Oakland International Airport. In 1921, Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman became the first African-American woman to earn an international aviation license.

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May 4, 1999

The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners authorizes negotiation on a historic Maritime Project Labor Agreement (MAPLA) that revolutionized local hiring and created a national model for union agreements. MAPLA supports local and small companies to do business with the Port. MAPLA also increases local hiring for airport and seaport capital projects.

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March, 1995

Charles W. Foster became the first African-American Executive Director of the Port of Oakland. He began his career as a Naval aviator and eventually became the Port’s Director of Aviation prior to being promoted to Executive Director.

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September 15, 1962

Formal dedication of Oakland International Airport which includes a new commercial runway and passenger terminal to welcome the jet age. Pan Am cargo plane delivers an elephant destined for the Oakland Zoo.

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September 5, 1962

Container shipping operations are inaugurated at the Port of Oakland by Sea-Land Service. The Port of Oakland is the first major seaport on the West Coast to build marine terminals, invest in container cranes, and ship containers. This event marked the birth of the containerization era.

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