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OAK Prepares for Summer Travelers

OAK Prepares for Summer Travelers

Press Releases
May 26th, 2010

-- Hawaii, East Coast, Mexico and Europe: Get There Nonstop from OAK This Summer --

Oakland International Airport (OAK) is prepared for the peak summer travel period. Plenty of on-airport parking is expected to be available, travelers can have certainty that their flight will operate on time, and OAK airlines are offering more destinations and great fares for locations north, east, south or west of the San Francisco Bay Area.

GREAT FARES, VACATION DESTINATIONS AND ENHANCED PASSENGER SERVICES

Bay Area residents and visitors have the choice of many airlines at OAK which offer low fares to in demand destinations. There are plenty of nonstop flights available making it a great time to plan a last minute holiday weekend getaway to Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, and even Boston or Honolulu.

OAK airlines are adding nonstop service to vacation destinations this summer. These include:

Hawaiian Airlines daily wide-body B767 flights to Maui through Sept. 6, 2010. Hawaiian also currently offers daily flights to Honolulu;

Mexicana Airlines daily flights to Guadalajara, and weekly flights to historic Zacatecas and León, the gateway to popular San Miguel de Allende; and Volaris Airlines with eleven weekly flights to Guadalajara. Both carriers offer many options for “in country” connections to all of the popular beach resorts, as well as Mexico City;

Delta Air Lines daily service to Atlanta. This B757 nonstop flight begins July 10 and is scheduled to offer travelers easy connections to Florida, the Carolinas and even the U.S. Virgin Islands; and

Azores Express/SATA International to the Azores Islands, which is a Portugese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean roughly 900 miles from Lisbon. The Azores are a paradise for hikers, walkers and cyclists. The weekly wide-body A310 flight departs and arrives every Tuesday through Sept. 28, 2010.

OAK is known for its easy access and excellent customer service, and airport staff is focused on offering a premium experience for travelers. Customers will enjoy upgraded airport services such as:

AirBART made easier, with five new CNG-fueled buses, and fast, easy-to-use ticket vending machines, located at the AirBART stop on OAK’s third curbside. All major debit and credit cards are accepted;

More staff and longer staffing hours at the information booths. Volunteers who staff the information booths are invaluable as they provide customers with directions to San Francisco via BART, as well as information about tourist attractions in the Bay Area and Napa and Sonoma Valleys. OAK has increased the number of bilingual volunteers to accommodate our increasing numbers of passengers to/from Mexico; and 

Free Wi-Fi that was recently upgraded to six times the original speed, making it one of the fastest free Internet services in the country.

LEAVE ON TIME

Oakland International Airport ranked as the No. 1 U.S. airport with the best on-time arrival record in 2009, according to FlightStats, an organization that tracks and compiles data about the airline industry. Travelers choose OAK over other Bay Area airports because they have certainty that their flights will arrive on time year-round.

FOOTSTEPS TO YOUR FLIGHT

Convenient parking will be available in all of OAK’s lots which are open 24 hours a day. The Economy Parking Lot, conveniently located within walking distance of the terminals, is a great value at just $16 per day. Travelers should look for roadway signs or tune to 1700 AM near the airport for additional information.

SUMMER IS HERE AND IT’S TIME TO FLY OAK

Summer is here and it’s time to fly. OAK can get you there with over 150 nonstop flights to 38 destinations. Visit oaklandairport.com for information on more airline destinations and airport services. Become a fan of OAK by searching for Oakland International Airport on Facebook.

About the Port of Oakland/Oakland International Airport

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport and fourth largest airport in California, offering over 140 daily flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Visit portofoakland.com and oaklandairport.com.

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