Mayor Welcomes British Airways to Oakland International Airport
New Carrier & Flight Adds Timesaving, Convenient Global Reach to/from the San Francisco Bay
Oakland, CA: (March 28, 2017) – Today, with welcome from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners President Michael Colbruno, British Airways commenced operations at Oakland International Airport (OAK). The new operation is its third destination in the San Francisco Bay Area and fifth in the state of California.
The new service will make British Airways, a unit of International Airlines Group (IAG), the only European airline to operate from all three Bay Area airports. British Airways service is further evidence of the growth of OAK’s international air service portfolio, which has surged in recent years. Bay Area and U.K. travelers have responded convincingly to the new service, as it further strengthens ties between these two strong business and leisure destinations.
British Airways’ selection of Oakland as home of its most recent Bay Area operation was bolstered by the recent announcement that Oakland will also be the first and only Bay Area Airport to host LEVEL, a new low-cost carrier being launched by British Airways’ parent company, IAG. Service from OAK to Barcelona will commence on LEVEL in June 2017.
Beginning today, the newest London Gatwick-Oakland route will operate four days a week, accommodating up to 275 customers across a three-cabin Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Travelers in British Airways’ Club World business class and/or with qualifying British Airways and “Oneworld” elite status are invited to use the Airport’s new Escape Lounge prior to departure. The lounge opened in November; also operated by a British company, Manchester Airports Group (MAG USA)
Port of Oakland Director of Aviation, Bryant L. Francis stated, “Today’s announcement is one that we make with a great deal of excitement. Bringing British Airways to Oakland is not only a major advancement for the Airport, but also for the entire East Bay and Wine Country. The airport has enjoyed over three consecutive years of passenger traffic growth, including the addition of several new domestic and international destinations as well as new airlines, such as British Airways. This expanded service to the top European destination reflects the ever increasing opportunities and convenience available for travelers to and from Oakland and the Bay Area at large.”
Forward to the Future of World Class Service
British Airways’ customers at OAK can choose from three unique all-inclusive experiences on-board:
Award-winning business class product, with 6-ft. fully flat beds and ample storage space, on-demand in-flight entertainment, and excellent dining and wine selections, including a ‘help yourself’ kitchen. Club World participants traveling from the Bay Area can enroll to receive up to five days of free parking in OAK’s Premier Lot, an added value of $190.
World Traveller Plus
Offers personalized, premium economy service in a separate cabin, with seating that features a 38-inch pitch, in-seat power, and choice of meals from the business class menu cabin.
The airline’s economy cabin offers seat back entertainment, a choice of meal with complimentary bar service throughout the flight, and free accessories such as blanket and headsets.
All British Airways customers receive free baggage allowance and seat selection. British Airways also provides a “Feed Kids First” service which ensures that children are served first, allowing parents to enjoy their own meal, and with a deposit of $10 per person, customers have 72 hours to confirm details with their friends and family, making it even easier to book with confidence.
For more information about the airline, visit ba.com.
ABOUT OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 12 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.
Oakland’s air service roster includes over 60 destinations scheduled on 14 different airline brands – eight 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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