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90 Years - Past to Present

January 30, 2017

Oakland International Airport’s air service roster lists over 60 destinations on 13 different airlines. This year, Oakland is set to become California’s third busiest gateway to Europe as British Airways and Norwegian Air Shuttle initiate new routes this spring and summer.

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January 9, 2017

Port of Oakland sets all-time record with 1.83 million loaded 20-foot containers. Exports account for 52 percent of Oakland’s loaded container volumes. Imports account for the rest. 53 percent of total export tonnage is comprised of agricultural commodities.

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December 20, 2016

Jack London Square draws 3 million visitors. This number includes the 1.75 million visitors attending 55 free events including the popular autumn food festival, Eat Real. Nearly 590,000 ferry riders come to Jack London Square and thousands work at the Square’s office buildings and restaurants.

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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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May 1, 1951

Formal dedication of Jack London Square by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners to coincide with the 99th birthday of the City of Oakland. The oldest building at Jack London Square is Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, which opened in the 1880s. This tavern still stands today.

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