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OAK To Relocate Cell Phone Lot and Taxi Waiting Areas on Mon., Nov. 14

OAK To Relocate Cell Phone Lot and Taxi Waiting Areas on Mon., Nov. 14

Press Releases
November 10th, 2005

--Airport Begins Terminal Roadway Improvement Project--

Oakland International Airport (OAK) has broken ground on its Terminal Roadway and Curbside project which will improve terminal access and ease congestion in front of the terminals. With this project underway, it is necessary to relocate OAK's popular Park and Call Zone and the passenger waiting area for taxis, effective at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 14.

OAK's Park and Call Zone, currently located across from the terminals, will relocate to the Oakland Maintenance Center on November 14 at 7 a.m. The Oakland Maintenance Center is the large hangar with billboard advertisements clearly visible to motorists as they enter the airport terminal area.

The FREE 25-space Park and Call Zone is available to meeters and greeters who can connect to their passenger by cell phone. Drivers can wait in this lot for up to 30 minutes, but they must remain with their vehicles at all times.

Relocation of this 25-space parking lot is necessary to make way for a new fourth curbside, upgrades to the existing three curbsides, and parking lot improvements across from the terminal buildings. Directions to the relocated Park and Call Zone follow:

- From I-880 - on inbound Airport Drive, the airport's main roadway, merge onto the Ron Cowan Parkway/Economy Lot exit and follow signs to the Park and Call Zone. At the stop sign, turn left on Ron Cowan Parkway. At the next intersection, turn right on John Glenn Drive. The Park and Call Zone entrance is on the right.

- From the terminals - follow the signs to the Park and Call Zone. Turn left under the Airport Drive overpass, then take an immediate left on John Glenn Drive. The Park and Call Zone entrance is on the right.

OAK's passenger waiting areas for taxis will also reopen in a new location at 7 a.m. on November 14. Currently located at the airport's third curbside, taxis will relocate to the second curbside. Terminal 1 and 2 each has its own covered taxi waiting area on the second curb. After exiting the baggage claim areas, passengers should use the crosswalk to access the second curbside and look for signs directing travelers to the new waiting areas.

OAK has embarked on a $350 million Terminal Improvement Program, the largest aviation project in its 78-year history. Begun in April 2004, the program is comprised of the Terminal 2 improvement project using "green building" technology, that includes a new concourse with five additional boarding gates and waiting areas; expanded ticketing, security and baggage claim facilities; new utilities; and the Terminal Roadway and Curbside project that will improve terminal access and ease congestion in front of the terminals. Program completion is expected in 2007.

OAK currently has over 210 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 40 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, Fort Lauderdale (eff. 1/19/06), the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico beach cities, and seasonal service to the Azores (Portugal), Costa Rica and Sun Valley, Idaho. OAK served 14.1 million passengers and handled 672,000 metric tons of cargo in 2004. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland. Visit www.oaklandairport.com for more information.

-OAK-

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